Thompson Follows Suit

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One night after Andrew Faulkner picked up his first Double-A win, Jake Thompson hopped on the train and earned his first organizational win with nearly seven innings of shutdown baseball against the San Antonio Missions. Click here to read the game recap.

The RoughRiders starting rotation currently runs Chi Chi Gonzalez, Alec Asher, Jerad Eickhoff, Faulkner and Thompson. A minor league staff rarely holds legitimate prospects in all five starting roles, but that’s precisely the case in Frisco with 26 games remaining in the regular season. This roster will not remain static over the final month of the season, so ‘Riders fans (and Rangers fans) should take a moment to appreciate the strength of this group.

Star of the Game: RHP Jake Thompson – 6.2 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 9 K

Jake admitted nerves played a role in his RoughRiders debut on July 29, but in round two, the righty looked cool, calm and collected. He set a season high with nine punch-outs and the fastball complemented the slider very well.

In case you missed it:

-The ‘Riders won a series at Wolff Stadium for the first time in 2014. They have won four straight sets overall.

-Frisco also completed its 11th shutout of the season (the most in the Texas League) and fifth against San Antonio.

-July is called the dog days for a reason, but the bark was softer than the bite on the RoughRiders this time around. The ‘Riders completed a stretch of 27 games in 26 days with a 17-10 record.

-It was a day for doubles on Sunday as the teams combined for seven two-baggers (five for Frisco and two for San Antonio). Trever Adams and Odubel Herrera each ripped a pair of doubles for the ‘Riders and Adams now has 31 on the season, a career high and second-most in the Texas League.

-Adams also extended his hitting streak to 11 straight games, which is also a season high. The righty batted 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a strikeout.

-Gallo watch: 1/4, SO

Joey’s line remained the same in the final two games of the series.

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

1. Joey Gallo (16)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (10)

4. J.T. Wise (4)

5. Teodoro Martinez (3)

5. Jake Skole (3)

7. Chris Grayson (2)

7. Odubel Herrera (2)

9. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

Field manager Jason Wood praises the work ethic of starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff on “Sunday with the Skipper:”

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Faulkner Gets First Double-A Win

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In his second game as a RoughRider, left-hander Andrew Faulkner racked up eight strikeouts over six innings and notched his first win at the Double-A level. The native of Aiken, South Carolina allowed one run on four hits and never faced more than four in a single frame. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: J.T. Wise – 3/3, R, HR, RBI, BB

J.T. belted his fourth home run as a ‘Rider and now sits in sole possession of fourth on the team’s active home run list. Twenty games into his summer in Frisco, Wise continues to stay hot at the plate. Ten of his 23 hits have gone for extra bases and he has 18 RBI.

In case you missed it:

-Keone Kela picked up his second save in as many nights on Saturday and touched 99 mph on the Wolff Stadium radar gun on a strikeout of Hunter Renfroe. A strikeout of Jason Hagerty touched 98.

-Both teams combined for 22 strikeouts (Frisco struck out 10 times and San Antonio went down on 22 occasions)

-Frisco’s staff has allowed two runs over the last 20 innings against the Missions.

-Trever Adams extended his hitting streak to a season-high ten games with a single in the seventh inning. The righty batted 1-for-4 with a run, a walk and a strikeout.

-Gallo watch: 1/4, SO

Joey sent one to deep left field in the fifth and Wolff Stadium barely held it as Yeison Asencio retired the slugger at the warning track.

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

1. Joey Gallo (16)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (10)

4. J.T. Wise (4)

5. Teodoro Martinez (3)

5. Jake Skole (3)

7. Chris Grayson (2)

7. Odubel Herrera (2)

9. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

Find out what goes into being an award-winning athletic trainer in the Texas League as Carlos Olivas shares insider secrets to the trade with Alex on the Pregame Show:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Outfield Assist

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Center fielder Hunter Renfroe was not credited with any outfield assists on Friday night, but the RoughRiders might not mind changing the box score. Renfroe misplayed two regular fly balls in the sixth inning (the shade of the sky at dusk contributed more than anything) and the ‘Riders took advantage en route to a 4-1 win. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: 3B Joey Gallo – 3/4, R, 2B, RBI, SO

Joey was the beneficiary of a Renfroe gaffe in the sixth and raised his RoughRiders’ batting average to .271 with nine doubles and 43 RBI.

In case you missed it:

-Frisco scored all of its runs in the sixth inning and outhit San Antonio 12-3.

-San Antonio did not have a base hit after Adam Buschini’s home run in the fifth. They placed two men on base the rest of the way–both via walks.

-After an 0-for-2 start at the plate, Hanser Alberto was pulled from the game in favor of Guilder Rodriguez. G-Rod drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to give the RoughRiders a 4-1 lead in the sixth inning.

-Trever Adams extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games with a single in the fourth inning. On the night, the righty batted 2-for-4 with a run and a rulebook double. It was Adams’ 29th two-bagger of the season, a career high and good for second in the Texas League.

-Gallo watch: see above

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

1. Joey Gallo (16)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (10)

4. Teodoro Martinez (3)

4. Jake Skole (3)

4. J.T. Wise (3)

7. Chris Grayson (2)

7. Odubel Herrera (2)

9. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

Catch Alex’s interview with Jake Thompson, who made his organizational debut with the RoughRiders on July 29. As a prep at Rockwall-Heath High School, Jake played a handful of games at Dr Pepper Ballpark. The big righty shares highlights from a whirlwind first week with the RoughRiders and details what he hopes to accomplish over the final month of the regular season:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

When ‘The Show’ Calls: Part Three

By: Cameron Varnau

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On August 1, 204, Phil Klein became the 120th RoughRider to make the major leagues and the 13th this season alone. The 6′ 7″ right-hander pitched in 29 games for Frisco in 2013 and compiled a 5-1 record with a 2.52 ERA over 53.2 innings pitched.

The Ohio native began 2014 with Frisco and earned the trust of his coaching staff to earn a promotion to Triple-A Round Rock 24 games into the year. He was 3-0 with 10 saves and owned a slim 0.81 ERA over 33.1 innings pitched. He was able to display excellent command of his pitches by walking 14 and striking out 42 over those innings, and allowed only three runs on 15 base hits. Opponents were only able to bat .139 against him.

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Those sills earned him his promotion to Round Rock where the show continued to roll on. In 9 games and 18.1 innings, Klein did not allow a run and gave up only seven hits, while walking six and striking out 28. Opposing hitters continued to struggle against him as they could only hit .139 while he was on the bump.

On Friday August 1, Phil made his Major League debut in his home state against the Cleveland Indians in a lop-sided 12-2 loss. He gave up two hits, one being a homer to the first batter he faced, and stuck out one in his one inning of work.

We wish Phil continued success in 2014 and beyond as he continues his career with the Texas Rangers.

Sleepless in San Antonio

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The RoughRiders’ team bus rolled into the Alamo City in the early morning hours on Thursday after a ride through the night. It was San Antonio’s Yeison Asencio who looked wide awake in last night’s game as he sent two balls on a ride out of Wolff Stadium. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: 1B Trever Adams - 3/4, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Trever followed up his inside-the-parker on Wednesday with a three-knock night to extend his active hitting streak to a season-long eight games. The righty has been a doubles machine for the RoughRiders and tied a career high with his 28th two-bagger of the season. He also moved into a tie with Tulsa’s Taylor Featherston for second in the Texas League (Arkansas’ Alex Yarbrough paces the league with 34 doubles). Trev’s average ticked up to .286 (5th in the Texas League) and he stands one RBI shy of 50 with the ‘Riders.

In case you missed it:

-Asencio’s multi home run night is the third of the season for the Dominican, who sits in a tie for third in the Texas League with .288 batting average.

-San Antonio cracked three pitches out of the park on Thursday. The most home run happy squad in the Texas League has 95 jacks on the season, nine ahead of second place Frisco.

-Alec Asher leads the Texas League in home runs allowed (17) and losses (10). He also paces the league in starts (22), ranks fourth in strikeouts (100) and second in WHIP (1.15).

-With four total plate appearances on Thursday (1-for-3, R, BB), Odubel Herrera now needs seven total plate appearances to qualify for the  Texas League leader board in batting. Odubel’s .345 average will almost certainly claim the top spot on the list, now held by Springfield’s Cody Stanley (.297).

-Gallo watch: DNP

No need to panic. Just a standard day of rest for Joey.

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

1. Joey Gallo (16)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (10)

4. Teodoro Martinez (3)

4. Jake Skole (3)

4. J.T. Wise (3)

7. Chris Grayson (2)

7. Odubel Herrera (2)

9. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

Trever Adams rehashes the exhausting experience that is an inside-the-park home run with Alex on the Pregame Show:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Pitching Staff Rounding Into Form

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A collaborative effort from Derek Holland, Martire Garica and Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez held the highest scoring offense in the Texas League to just one hit and the RoughRiders capped their final homestand of July with a 5-2 record and a 1 1/2 game lead over Midland for the best record in the Texas League. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez - 6.0IP, H, 0R, 2BB, 7K

The 2013 first round draft choice has not lost a decision since June 26 and concluded the month of July with a 3-0 record. In the first relief appearance of his professional career, Chi Chi allowed only one runner into scoring position as he mowed through the Midland order for the final six innings of Wednesday night’s affair.

I had some trepidation prior to Chi Chi’s outing given the precedent of starters pitching in relief of major league rehabbers. For example, when Luke Jackson came out of the pen on May 6  after a Joe Saunders rehab start (against Midland no less), the Texas League all-star surrendered three solo home runs. Furthermore, Chi Chi had already been bumped from his scheduled start on Monday in favor of Andrew Faulkner’s Double-A debut.

A look at the line and you would never postulate the right-hander threw those numbers in a relief appearance on seven days of rest. Chi Chi’s 2.44 ERA in the Texas League is 18 points lower than his ERA in the Carolina League with Advanced-A Myrtle Beach.

In case you missed it:

-Dusty Coleman foiled the RoughRiders’ no-hit bid in the seventh inning with a two-out single to right. It was Midland’s only base hit of the night.

-Trever Adams’ 12th home run of the season (and 47th RBI) came on the RoughRiders’ first inside-the-park home run of 2014. Trever shot the first pitch of the second inning out to right field where it snuck past a sliding Jeremy Barfield. The Midland right-fielder chased the ball down and attempted to throw Trever out at third. However, the toss pulled third baseman Jefry Marte well off the bag and as Marte fumbled to receive the ball, Trever hardly broke stride on his way home. The Nebraskan also extended his active hitting streak to seven games.

-It’s hard to fathom a better start to Derek Holland’s rehab assignment than what he exhibited on Wednesday. Wearing the same number seven he donned with the ‘Riders in 2008, Derek threw two scoreless innings without allowing a hit. He walked two batters and struck out four. Thirty-three of the lefty’s 21 pitches hammered the zone as Derek fed a steady diet of breaking balls in the low 80s and a fastball that peaked at 92. He did not have to field his position.

-Hanser Alberto stole three bases on Wednesday. He entered play 0-for-3 in stolen base attempts with the ‘Riders this season.

-Kent Matthes finally endured a quiet night, striking out twice and drawing a walk in the second inning.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-3, SO, BB

Joey finished with a quartet of hits over the seven-game home stand and all four left the yard. He is now one home run shy of 100 in his professional career.

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

1. Joey Gallo (16)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (10)

4. Teodoro Martinez (3)

4. Jake Skole (3)

4. J.T. Wise (3)

7. Chris Grayson (2)

7. Odubel Herrera (2)

9. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

Andrew Faulkner’s mother saw her son make his Double-A debut on her birthday. Hear Andrew’s thoughts on the outing and his first week in Frisco:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Gallo the Great

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With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, Midland manager Rich Dauer made a call to the bullpen. Right-hander Marcus Walden left the game after two walks and a hit batsman filled the pond with RoughRiders. Out trotted southpaw Omar Duran to set up a lefty-lefty matchup with Joey Gallo. The RoughRiders had not faced Duran yet this season, and Gallo quickly poked his back into the dugout to see if there was any type of intelligence on the new hurler.

Whatever advice Gallo received was golden. Or maybe his first-pitch swing was predetermined in expectation of a fastball no matter who was on the hill. In any event, Joey’s majestic grand slam down the right field line (his pull side) on Duran’s first toss left the yard at such an astonishing rate and altitude, it is hard to comprehend a ball flying off a piece of lumber in such fashion. It left players, personnel, fans and especially Omar Duran, who walked the next batter on five pitches, in a daze. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: DH Joey Gallo - 1/3, R, GS HR, 4RBI, BB, 2SO

The grand salami was the fifth of Joey’s career and second this season (May 30 with Advanced-A Myrtle Beach). It was also his fifth home run against Midland in 11 games versus the RockHounds. The 6-foot-5 230-pounder has cracked 16 jacks with the ‘Riders, 37 on the season and 99 in his career.

In case you missed it:

-Joey Gallo is batting 4-for-22 six games into the current homestand and all four of his hits have been home runs.

-In his organizational debut, and third at the Double-A level, Rockwall native Jake Thompson allowed two runs on two hits with three walks and five strikeouts over five innings. He did not factor into the decision.

-Alex Claudio was excellent in extended relief on Tuesday. The ‘Riders had primarily used Claudio as a starter since his promotion, but the southpaw voiced his preference of relief situations. He certainly looked at ease as he conceded just one hit over four scoreless innings.

-Before Gallo stole the show, J.T. Wise renewed the ball game with a solo shot to left in the seventh inning. Wise has shown a knack for timely hitting late in the night and his third homer as a RoughRider tied the game at 2-2. The native of Apopka, Florida has hits in 12 of his 16 games with Frisco since joining the squad earlier in July.

-Midland’s Kent Matthes entered the series on a Gallo-esque tear at the plate and continued to mash on Tuesday. The outfielder belted another home run for his second of the series and fifth in the last four games. Matthes now has driven in an improbable 23 RBI in the last 12 games.

-Gallo watch: see above

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

1. Joey Gallo (16)

2. Trever Adams (11)

3. Drew Robinson (10)

4. Teodoro Martinez (3)

4. Jake Skole (3)

4. J.T. Wise (3)

7. Chris Grayson (2)

7. Odubel Herrera (2)

9. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

Minor league pitching coordinator Danny Clark checks in with his analysis of Andrew Faulkner’s Double-A debut and his expectations for Jake Thompson over the rest of the season:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Bitemarks

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The bats continued to produce, but poor defense and shaky relief pitching allowed the RockHounds to erase two three-run deficits and nip the ‘Riders 8-6. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: 1B Trever Adams - 3/5, 2R, 2B

Trever looked rejuvenated after his first game out of the lineup since June 4. He belted his 26th double of the season, two shy of his career high of 28. The 25-year-old ranks third in the Texas League in two-baggers. On the season, Trever carries a .281/.333/.451 slash line through 94 games played and crossed the century mark in hits on Monday night.

In case you missed it:

-Jake Skole cracked his first home run since April 22 in the third inning off Shawn Haviland. The lefty is batting .265 in the month of July.

-Left-hander Andrew Faulkner lasted five innings in his Double-A debut and left in line for the win with three runs allowed (two earned) on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.

-Guilder Rodriguez committed two costly errors, both of which kept innings alive and allowed Midland to score additional runs. The pair of unearned runs tallied by the Hounds were the difference in the game. G-Rod also went 0-for-4 at the plate to end a nine-game hitting streak.

-Midland’s Kent Matthes entered the series on a Gallo-esque tear at the plate and continued to mash on Monday. The outfielder batted 3-for-4 with two runs, a double, a home run, three RBI and a walk. Matthes racked up nine RBI on Saturday alone against Corpus Christi and has a three-game homer streak.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-5, 3SO

The defending Texas League Player of the Week had three chances to drive in runs, including an opportunity with two outs and two aboard in the bottom of the ninth. Corpus Christi’s Telvin Nash, the Texas League leader in home runs with 18, recently landed on the DL, so Joey has a chance to make up some ground in his quest to champion two leagues in jimmy jacks.

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

1. Joey Gallo (15)

2. Trever Adams (11)

3. Drew Robinson (10)

4. Teodoro Martinez (3)

4. Jake Skole (3)

6. Chris Grayson (2)

6. J.T. Wise (2)

6. Odubel Herrera (2)

9. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

Reliever Kyle Lotzkar joins the Pregame Show. The righty has avoided the injury bug this season and attributes his health to adherence to routine. He also shares memories of his Gold Medal run with Team Canada in the 2011 Pan American Games, his proudest moment as a baseball player:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

End of the Dog Days?

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A low scoring game on Saturday was countered by a slug fest on Sunday as the ‘Riders poured in 12 runs on 13 hits. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: LF Odubel Herrera - 3/5, 2R, HR, 3RBI, SO

Playing in the outfield for the first time in 64 games with the ‘Riders did nothing to foil Odubel’s rhythm at the plate. The Venezuelan smoked his second home run of the season to right-center field and raised his batting average to .348 in the Texas League with 34RBI.

In case you missed it:

-Frisco socked three home runs (all of the two-run variety) in a game for the first time since May 29 in a 13-4 thrashing of Tulsa. Odubel Herrera blasted his first Double-A home run of the season in that game; Chris Grayson and Ryan Rua went yard as well. In another similarity, Jerad Eickhoff pitched in both contests and earned the win.

-The RoughRiders have knocked 82 pitches out of the park this season.

-The last time the ‘Riders tallied double-digit runs in a game also occurred against the Missions in an 11-2 thumping on July 13 in San Antonio.

-Trever Adams was out of the lineup for the first time since June 4. It broke a streak of 48 straight games played for the Nebraskan.

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

With his 15th homer with the ‘Riders, Joey begins to close in on back-to-back 40-home run season. He now sits at 36 in 2014, the most in professional baseball, with 34 regular season games to play.

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

1. Joey Gallo (15)

2. Trever Adams (11)

3. Drew Robinson (10)

4. Teodoro Martinez (3)

5. Chris Grayson (2)

5. Jake Skole (2)

5. J.T. Wise (2)

5. Odubel Herrera (2)

9. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

Jason Wood gives a shout-out to his family on his “Sunday with the Skipper conversation with Alex:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Saturday’s Big Three: Asher, Robinson, Cantwell

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On Saturday night, a trio of ‘Riders constituted a “Big Three” and keyed the team’s ninth inning victory over San Antonio. Alec Asher shut down the Missions for seven innings on the hill, Drew Robinson put the ‘Riders on the board and scored both runs for Frisco and Pat Cantwell knocked in the winning score with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Click here to read the game recap.

Fortunately, Frisco's reincarnation of the "Big Three" did not include a dictator.

Fortunately, Frisco’s reincarnation of the “Big Three” did not include a dictator.

Star of the Game: RHP Alec Asher - 7.0IP, 0R, 5H, 0BB, 7K

Despite the impact of Cantwell and Robinson, Alec stands out as the Franklin D. Roosevelt of the Big Three. The starter guided the ‘Riders through seven innings of shutout baseball and blockaded the Missions every attempt to tally the scoreboard. Alec’s first three starts in July (all losses) are beginning to look like a mere blip on the radar of his season. The righty has been excellent over his last two outings with just one run allowed over his last 14 1/3 innings. When Alec hit Diego Goris with a pitch in the fifth inning, it marked the first hit batsman of the season for the native of Lakeland, Florida.

In case you missed it:

-Robinson’s seventh-inning homer was the lefty’s tenth of the season (an an opposite field shot at that). He joins current teammates Joey Gallo and Trever Adams, along with former mates Ryan Rua and Jake Smolinski, as members of the double digit home run club in 2014.

-Cantwell’s RBI walk-off came against Josh Geer, who made his first appearance out of the bullpen this season in his 21st outing. This will be the rare series in which Geer does not start a game against the ‘Riders.

-Odubel Herrera snapped out an 0-for-10 slump at the plate with a pair of singles. The Venezuelan is 16 plate appearances away from making his debut on the Texas League leader board for batting average, at which time he will likely have the highest qualified average in the league. Currently, ‘Dubel totes a .343 mark at the plate.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-3, BB, 2SO

Joey snapped his streak of four straight days with a home run. He hit a Mt. Everest popup in the fourth to shallow left center that was dropped by center fielder Cory Spangenberg. Trever Adams was on first base at the time and the Missions threw him out at second (Adams understandably thought Spangenberg would make the grab and stayed closer to first). As a result, Gallo reached first by way of an 8-4 fielder’s choice.

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

1. Joey Gallo (14)

2. Trever Adams (11)

3. Drew Robinson (10)

4. Teodoro Martinez (3)

5. Chris Grayson (2)

5. Jake Skole (2)

7. J.T. Wise (1)

7. Odubel Herrera (1)

7. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

Minor League Field Coordinator Jace Tingler is in town for the Missions series and shares his perspective on the development of the RoughRiders as a team this season in the face of an abundance of roster moves throughout the year:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

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