Early Start to Friday Night’s Fireworks

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In a game that resembled two installments of the previous series with Midland, the ‘Riders overcame an early deficit and finished strong to even the four-game run with San Antonio at one game apiece. Click here to read the game recap.

On July 22, the ‘Riders fell in an 0-2 hole in the first inning, but rallied to win handily down the stretch 8-3 over the ‘Hounds. The following night, Midland took a 2-1 lead until Frisco squared the score at 2-2 in the fourth. After the teams swapped runs in the seventh, a ninth inning home run by Joey Gallo catapulted the RoughRiders to a 5-3 victory.

Friday’s showdown blended the two aforementioned contests. Again, the ‘Riders faced an early hole, but reset the game at 3-3 in the third inning via another Gallo long ball. Frisco and San Antonio exchanged runs in the seventh and another late home run, this one by J.T. Wise in the bottom of the eighth, pushed the horsemen over the top.

Star of the Game: J.T. Wise - 1/4, R, HR, 3RBI

With two outs and two on, Wise took a hanging 2-2 slider from Michael Dimock and pinged it off the roof of the WinStar Diamond Deck in the left field corner to give the ‘Riders a late 7-4 lead. The recent acquisition from the independent ranks walked up with a chip on his shoulder because the Missions had intentionally walked Joey Gallo in the previous plate appearance to pitch to Wise. Oops. The native of Apopka, Florida belted his first homer with the ‘Riders in his 12th game with the club. Wise is batting 14-for-46(.304 average) with seven runs, five doubles and 11 RBI.

In case you missed it:

-Doubles for Trever Adams have become as routine as home runs for Gallo. Adams doubled for the third straight game and now sits at 25 two-baggers this season, third-most in the Texas League. The righty also scored his team-leading 49th run of the year.

-Will Lamb saved his third game for the ‘Riders. He faced the minimum in the ninth and struck out Lee Orr on a fastball.

-Hanser Alberto tallied a multi-hit game for the third time in the last four night. He also had multiple RBI for the second time over that stretch.

-For the second night in a row, the ‘Riders faced a pitcher they had seen on another team in the Texas League this season. RHP Michael Dimock, renowned across the league for his Rollie Fingers mustache, gave up the go-ahead home run to Wise in the eighth and took the loss. Dimock began the season in the Astros organization with Corpus Christi, but was traded to the Padres organization on June 25 in exchange for fellow righty Miguel Severino.

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

Joey homered for the fourth day in a row as he flicked a pitch left outside to the opposite field in the third inning. Joey now has 35 home runs on the season and 14 with the ‘Riders. He is three home runs off the Texas League lead and paces all of professional baseball in total long balls in 2014.

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

1. Joey Gallo (14)

2. Trever Adams (11)

3. Drew Robinson (9)

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)

 

 

The ‘Riders paid tribute to Mike Coolbaugh last night in the first ever Mike Coolbaugh Day at Dr Pepper Ballpark. The Tulsa Drillers assistant coach tragically lost his life when struck by a foul ball on July 22, 2007. RoughRiders’ first base coach James Vilade is a board director of Diamond Dreams, the nonprofit organization created in Mike’s memory. He details his involvement in Diamond Dreams, its mission and the steps taken to make Mike Coolbaugh Day a reality:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Sometimes, the System Bites

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The RoughRiders received an abrupt change to their gameday plans when the Rangers promoted Edwar Cabrera, the expected starter on Thursday against San Antonio, to Triple-A Round Rock. Exciting news for Cabrera, but a big humpback curve for the ‘Riders, who were deprived a Texas League All-Star with a 2.99 ERA.

Pushed into service was Jose Monegro, who beholds the unique distinction of having pitched for every full-season Rangers affiliate in 2014. Monegro, primarily a bullpen reliever, made just his second start of the year, fresh off a plane from Charlotte, North Carolina and his most recent stint with Single-A Hickory.

Monegro pitched well through the first two frames, but petered out in the third. A grand salami by Robert Kral (.186 batting average) broke the levy and put the Missions up the proverbial walking stick (7-0) in the third. San Antonio would go up a snowman (8-0) in the fourth. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: 1B Joey Gallo – 1/4, R, HR, 2RBI, 2SO

Take away the walk on Wednesday, and Joey put up the exact same line in the previous two games. His blast to right-center at Dr Pepper Ballpark bounced off the rock facade of the pool zone and took a high hop to the dirt bath that lines the perimeter of the park. It was Joey’s first home run at Dr Pepper Ballpark since June 28 but his third in the last three days. The blast was also the slugger’s first against the Missions. Joey now has 13 home runs with Frisco and 34 on the season, the most in professional baseball.

In case you missed it:

-Trever Adams smacked another double on Thursday to up his two-bag total to 24, third in the Texas League.

-Kral’s grand slam was the third allowed by the RoughRiders this season and second surrendered to San Antonio. Rymer Liriano, recently promoted to Triple-A, took Ryan Rodebaugh deep for a four-run home run on May 17 at Wolff Stadium. The other four-run home run came off Ryan Bores on May 30 in Springfield, courtesy of Jacob Wilson.

-RHP R.J. Alvarez threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings against the RoughRiders. Alvarez had pitched against the ‘Riders before this season, but not with the Missions. The long-haired hurler was acquired by the Padres organization in a six-player trade that sent big league reliever Huston Street to the Los Angeles Angels. The Halos emptied an already depleted system and sent its top pitching prospect to San Diego (ala San Antonio).

-Frisco did not draw a walk in the game in spite of eight three-ball counts.

-Gallo watch: See above

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

1. Joey Gallo (13)

2. Trever Adams (11)

3. Drew Robinson (9)

4. Teodoro Martinez (3)

5. Chris Grayson (2)

5. Jake Skole (2)

7. Odubel Herrera (1)

7. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

On the heels of an offensive outburst in Midland (44 hits and 25 runs in four games) hitting coach Jason Hart sits down and talks about the July grind and breaks down the seasons for specific hitters:

 

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-Chris V.

They Came to Play

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The RoughRiders earned the right to feel good about themselves after they emerged from the Permian basin as winners of 3-of-4. While the pitching battled itself at times as much as Midland’s potent lineup (season-high 11 walks on Wednesday), the offense shelled the RockHounds for 44 hits and 25 runs. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game(s): 1B Joey Gallo – 1/4, R, HR, 2RBI, BB, 2SO

Impossible to ignore Joey for the second straight night after he knocked game-winning home run with two outs in the top of the ninth in a tie ballgame. The 20-year-old moves into a tie for the minor league home run lead with friend Kris Bryant, each with 33 jacks on the season. Joey also moves into a tie for fifth in the Texas League with 12 home runs. The T.L. is paced by Preston Tucker’s 17. However, with Tucker now in Triple-A, the active leader is Corpus Christi’s Telvin Nash with 15.

In case you missed it:

-Patrick Cantwell finished 0-for-2 with two runs, a walk and two hit-by-pitches. He also reached on an error.

-Cantwell leads the Texas League with 13 hit-by-pitches this season.

-Another double for Trever Adams places him in third place in the Texas League with 23 two-baggers this season. Arkansas’ Alex Yarbrough leads the league with 33.

-J.T. Wise raised his batting average 88 points after a 4-for-4 night in game two of the double header on Tuesday.

-Gallo watch: See above

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

1. Joey Gallo (12)

2. Trever Adams (11)

3. Drew Robinson (9)

4. Teodoro Martinez (3)

5. Chris Grayson (2)

5. Jake Skole (2)

7. Odubel Herrera (1)

7. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

Alex Claudio joins the RoughRiders PreGame Show and talks about his Reliever of the Month honors in June and his experiences as a new father. Special thanks to Guilder Rodriguez for translating:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

This Split Tastes Pretty Good

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The RoughRiders earned the doubleheader split on Tuesday the hard way. After Midland usurped the ‘Riders with a Dusty Coleman two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth (remember, they only play seven innings in a twin bill) to win 7-6, Frisco buckled the chinstrap and won 8-3 in game two. In both cases, the ‘Riders fell behind in the first inning and rallied to take the lead. Their lead in game two stuck and although the squad  the RoughRiders are faced with a rare opportunity to win a series in west Texas. Click here to read the two-game recap.

Star of the Game(s): 3B/DH Joey Gallo – 4/7, R, HR, 5RBI, 2SO

Joey gave Midland fits on Tuesday as he through, over and away from its defensive shift. His two-run home run in game one kicked off a five-run inning for the RoughRiders and he racked up three singles and three RBI in the second half of the double header. The Futures Game MVP smacked his first dinger since July 7 (a drought of nine games because of the time he missed in Minneapolis).

His home run totals now read 32 on the season and 11 with Frisco. Joey still trails Kris Bryant by one in the race for the overall lead in Minor League Baseball and he moves into a tie with Trever Adams for most on the team. The slugger still leads the Carolina League in homers by six. Preston Tucker sits atop the Texas League in home runs with 17, but he now plays in the Triple-A ranks. In short, it is entirely conceivable for Joey to win home run titles in two leagues this season.

In case you missed it:

-Honorable mention needs to go to J.T. Wise. The former Wichita Wingnut saw action at catcher in the second game and was not retired at the dish. Wise hit 4-for-4 with a double and three runs scored and raised his batting average by 88 points.

-Another shout-out is awarded to RHP Brodie Downs. The new 35-year-old tossed a scoreless fourth inning in game two and earned his first win with a major league affiliate since August 4, 2009.

-The RoughRiders have racked up 20 runs and 36 hits in the first three games of this series.

-Gallo watch: See above

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

1. Trever Adams (11)

1. Joey Gallo (11)

3. Drew Robinson (9)

4. Teodoro Martinez (3)

5. Chris Grayson (2)

6. Jake Skole (2)

7. Odubel Herrera (1)

8. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

After earning Minor League Pitcher of the Month recognition from the Rangers, Alec faced adversity in the month of July, losing his first three decisions. The righty responded against the Midland RockHounds on July 21 and allowed just one run and five hits over 7 1/3 innings.

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Riding Down the Stretch

There are less than 40 regular season games remaining for the RoughRiders in 2014 and the team’s identity has drastically changed given the injuries at the major-league level with the Texas Rangers. This is not the same ball club that took the field in the first half, but it is still one with personalities and grit that stand apart from the rest of the Texas League. Let’s take a look at some of the new characters on the team and examine how they’ve contributed to the team’s success in the second half.

1) Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez

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“Chi Chi”,  as he is nicknamed in his family, has become a staple in the Frisco pitching rotation. The right-hander has a 3-3 record with a 2.55 ERA over his first eight Double-A starts with the ‘Riders. He’s displayed excellent command by striking out 29 and walking eight in his 35.1 IP, and opponents are batting .284 against him. He’s allowed 13 earned runs on 38 hits, but has answered the bell when his number his called. The 22-year-old Florida native was selected 23rd overall in the 2013 June draft out of Oral Roberts University. He put on a show in his Frisco debut on June 10 by allowing one hit in five innings while striking out six batters.

2) Will Lamb

Lamb has proven that he can throw electric stuff late in games as skipper Jason Wood has used him out of the bullpen since his promotion from Myrtle Beach in June. The southpaw has a 2-1 record with two saves and has shutdown opponents by holding them to a .234 batting average. The 23-year-old has a .132 ERA over 12 games and 13.2 IP, and has only allowed 2 runs on 11 hits over that span. Perhaps the mustache he proudly sports should be given some credit, but the lefty has provided instant relief for Wood and the pitching staff.

3) Joey Gallo

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The 20-year-old has made the eyes of scouts pop since his 2014 season began in Myrtle Beach, but he’s made baseballs pop even more as he is trailing his friend and fellow top prospect Kris Bryant in homers (Chicago Cubs organization, 33 homers between Double and Triple-A) with 32 of his own. He has a .278 batting average with 22 runs on 37 hits with 30 RBI and has a slash line of .364 OBP/.586 SLG/.951 OPS. His first homer with the RoughRiders was a memorable one as it was a 3-run walk-off moonshot to left-center field to defeat Midland 7-4 in his Double-A debut on June 9, 2014. The slugger sent more shockwaves through the baseball world when he crushed a two-run bomb in the sixth innings of this year’s All-Star Futures Game at Target Field to send his team to a 3-2 victory.

4) Hanser Alberto

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The 21-year-old infielder has displayed excellent defense in his time with the RoughRiders in 2014 and has played all of his 16 games as a shortstop for Frisco. He has a .989 fielding percentage with 30 put outs and 54 assists over 140 innings, and has committed only one error over 85 total chances. His bat seems to be catching up to him as his glove has provided for excellent defense up the middle for the ‘Riders.

5) J.T. Wise

Wise was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 5th round of the 2009 June draft out of the University of Oklahoma. He was signed by the Rangers on July 7 and made one appearance for the Round Rock Express before being sent to the RoughRiders. In nine games with the ‘Riders he’s batting .314 with 5 runs scored on 11 base hits. He’s also knocked five doubles and has seven RBI.

-Cameron Varnau

Finally, A Big Inning

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Facing the hottest team in the Texas League, the RoughRiders were able to generate the big inning offensively, using a four-run frame to oust the Midland RockHounds. The Hounds won 14 of their first 17 games in July and had taken five straight off Frisco at Security Bank Ballpark. It was the first time since July 13, in an 11-2 demolition of San Antonio, the ‘Riders scored more than two runs in a single frame. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: 1B Trever Adams – 3/5, R, HR, 3RBI, SO

Trever asserted himself at the plate on Monday as he tallied his second home run and his second multi-hit game in the past six games. It was his first three-hit night since June 19. The Nebraskan continues to display consistency at the plate and has not posted a hitless streak of more than two games since April 28-May 3. In the face of the dog days of summer, Trever still has not had back-to-back games with out a base knock in the second half of the season, which began June 17. The righty leads the team in the following categories as of July 21:

  • Games played: 87
  • At-bats: 332
  • Runs: 47
  • Hits: 91
  • Doubles: 21 (tied for third in the Texas League)
  • Home runs: 11
  • RBI: 44
  • Total bases: 147

In case you missed it:

-Patrick Cantwell also had a three-hit outing and finished with a run, a double and two RBI. It was the fourth three-hit night of the season for the ‘Riders backstop. Patrick also raised his batting average to a season-high .259 as his offensive production continues to improve.

-Alec Asher regained the form that made him the Rangers Minor League Pitcher of the Month in June. After he dropped his first three decisions in July, the right-hander pitched into the eighth inning on Monday and allowed just one run on five hits with one walk and four strikeouts. He threw just 88 pitches and 58 for strikes.

-The RoughRiders outhit Midland 16-6 and came one knock shy of tying their season high of 17 hits in a game.

-In a strange sequence, the RockHounds lost both their hitting coach Webster Garrison and their field manager Aaron Nieckula within a span of a few minutes in the fifth inning. Garrison had been barking from the dugout at home plate umpire Clay Park all game and finally received his exit papers. Interestingly enough, it came in the top of the frame with the ‘Riders at the plate. Nieckula grew hot under the collar with his hitting coach ejected and joined him in the locker room shortly thereafter.

-Gallo watch: 2-for-3, R, 2B, SAC, BB, SO

That’s no typo. Joey dropped the first sacrifice bunt of his professional career to advance Trever Adams up to second base in the second inning. The double in the fourth was his eighth with the RoughRiders and 17th of the season.

-Midland’s Jeremy Barfield started the game in right field and took the mound to pitch in the ninth inning. The hulking right-hander spent a portion of last season in extended spring training as part of his conversion process and began the 2014 campaign with Advanced-A Stockton. He made his Double-A pitching debut and picked up two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning. At the plate, Barfield went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

-We take another look at the RoughRiders home run board (active players only):

  1. Trever Adams (11)
  2. Joey Gallo (10)
  3. Drew Robinson (9)
  4. Teodoro Martinez (3)
  5. Chris Grayson (2)
  6. Jake Skole (2)
  7. Odubel Herrera (1)
  8. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

Ryan Rodebaugh is in fine fettle once again after a week on the disabled list with a stomach virus. Rodey missed the team’s last trip to San Antonio and tells us he couldn’t even leave his apartment for a stretch of a few days. No more information necessary. In his return to the bump on July 19, the right-hander sat down three men on strikes for a perfect sixth inning that lasted just 12 pitches as part of a 2-1 win over Corpus Christi.

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

True Grit, Part II

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Earlier this season, we titled a blog post “True Grit” because it embodied the RoughRiders’ efforts in a 3-2 win over Springfield. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: 2B Odubel Herrera – 3/4, R

Odubel scored his 24th run for the RoughRiders this season. The southpaw has hits in 21 of his last 24 games and in 16 of his last 33, Odubel has knocked multiple base hits.

In case you missed it:

-The Hooks committed four errors in the game, including three in a two-inning period. As a result, the ‘Riders scored two unearned runs to tie the game at 2-2 and then take the lead for good in the seventh inning.

-As bad as the infield played for Corpus Christi, its outfield was excellent and registered two outfield assists in the first inning. Both resulted in outs at the plate to keep the RoughRiders off the board early.

-Corpus Christi again outhit Frisco 8-6.

-A throwing error on catcher J.T. Wise in the eighth inning broke a streak of four games without an error for Frisco’s defense. It was the team’s longest stretch of the season.

-Speedster Delino DeShields, Jr., who ranks second in the Texas League with 41 stolen bases, cracked his first triple of the season in the fifth.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-4, 3SO

Joey is now three for his last 29 at the dish with 16 strikeouts. His last home run with the ‘Riders came on July 7 and he has not hit a long ball at Dr Pepper Ballpark since June 28.

 

 

 

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-Chris V.

Wise Move

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In a swift turn of events, a no-hit bid by Corpus Christi’s Chris Devenski ended abruptly in the seventh inning. Not only did Devenski forfeit the no-no, he could not finish the frame and left on the hook for the loss. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: DH J.T. Wise – 1/2, 2B, 2RBI, BB, SO

It looks like the decision to sign Wise out of the American Association was just that – a wise one, indeed. The former Wichita Wingnut has been a doubles machine since his arrival in Frisco on July 11 (four in six games). In what became the game’s seminal moment, Wise’s line drive two-bagger down the left field line brought home the only two runs of the game for Frisco. The native of Apopka, Florida also ruined a perfect game attempt by Devenski when he drew a walk in the fifth. Devenski had seated the first 14 batters he faced.

In case you missed it:

-Erik Hamren registered his first save as a RoughRider and his first save in the Texas League since April 25, 2012 when the righty pitched for the San Antonio Missions in 6-5 win against…the RoughRiders.

-Corpus Christi outhit Frisco 5-2.

-The ‘Riders totaled all their hits and runs in the seventh inning.

-Frisco has not committed an error in four consecutive game, the team’s longest such streak of the season.

-The RoughRiders snapped a four-game losing streak, their longest of the season. The ‘Riders were the last team in the Texas League to avoid a four-game skid. Only Tulsa and Frisco have steered clear of the five-game losing streak in the Texas League this season.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-3, SO

The line may not show it, but it feels like Joey is on the verge of busting his current slump. Devenski made a great catch on a screamer back to the mound in the second inning.

 

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Nine Runs in the Ninth

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No need to split hairs here. A ninth inning of epic proportion is all there is to blame for the RoughRiders’ stunning loss to the Hooks on Friday. Click here to read the full game recap.

Here is a list of event in the ninth inning, batter-by-batter:

  1. Ruben Sosa: Single
  2. Delino DeShields, Jr.: Walk
  3. Jonathan Meyer: Two-RBI Single
  4. Andrew Aplin: Walk
  5. Telvin Nash: Hit-by-Pitch
  6. Carlos Perdomo: RBI Walk
  7. Tyler Heineman: RBI Sacrifice Fly (one out)
  8. M.P. Cokinos: Single
  9. Tony Kemp: RBI Hit-by-Pitch
  10. Ruben Sosa: RBI Double – Perdomo and Cokinos score
  11. Delino DeShields, Jr.: RBI Sacrifice Fly (two outs)
  12. Jonathan Meyer: RBI Single
  13. Andrew Aplin: Fielder’s Choice (three outs)

Star of the Game: LHP Martire Garcia – 3.0IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2SO

Welcome back, Martire! In his first game back at Dr Pepper Ballpark since April 8, the Dominican looked in control of his fastball/slider mix. A double play in the eighth inning helped Martire face one over the minimum through his three innings. He picked up right where starter Chi Chi Gonzalez left off. Gonzalez pitched a strong five innings and gave up only three hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

In case you missed it:

-The nine runs in the ninth inning are the most allowed in a single inning by the RoughRiders this season.

-Prior to the ninth inning, Frisco’s bullpen had allowed ten earned runs over its last 17 games.

-Game time temperature was south of 70 for the second night in a row (69 degrees at first pitch).

-The RoughRiders drew a season-high nine walks in the game.

-Gallo watch: 2-for-4, 2RBI, BB, 2SO

Joey emerged from a 1-for-18 streak at the plate with his first multi-hit game since July 7. Both were hard-hit ground balls (one up the box, the other bounced out of the glove of the first baseman Telvin Nash) as the lefty worked to put the ball in play and not necessarily drive it out of the park.

 

 

Fresh face Erik Hamren introduces himself to ‘Riders fans and shares a story or two from his big league time with the San Diego Padres and his dominant summer with the San Antonio Missions in 2011:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Soggy Weather, Soggy Game

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On a rainy night–the coldest July 17 on record in DFW history with first pitch temperature a balmy 66 degrees–the ‘Riders put forth a soggy night offensively and fell 3-2 to Corpus Christi . Click here to read the full game recap.

This is the dog days, after all, and the status of the game remained in limbo for much of the day as a gigantic cloud hung over the Metroplex, at times dumping torrential amounts of rain. Official word on the status of the game did not reach consensus until after 5:00 p.m., so pregame ritual was a wash and the weather watered down the crowd in the ballpark considerably as well.

Not to mention the team arrived in town at around 6:00 a.m. on Thursday from their road trip to San Antonio. Playing on short rest in murky conditions against the Corpus Christi Hooks for the fifth time in nine days, a sluggish outing suddenly seems understandable, if not predictable.

Star of the Game: RF Chris Grayson – 2/4, R, HR, RBI, SB

Chris extended his hitting streak to six games on a second inning bunt single. His every-game hustle was apparent on the play as he leapfrogged over the first base bag to allude a tag and then dove back in safely for a base hit. In seven games with the ‘Riders since his return to Double-A on July 5, the outfielder has hits in six and bats .283 through 30 Texas League games this season. Chris’s solo home run in the ninth was his first of the season at Dr Pepper Ballpark, second with the RoughRiders and third of the season if you count his 31 games with Advanced-A Myrtle Beach.

In case you missed it:

-Corpus Christi’s starting pitcher Luis Cruz hit more batters (3) than he allowed hits (2).

-The game marked the 750th defeat in team history.

-The first pitch temperature was the coldest for the RoughRiders since May 8 in Midland when the thermometer read 51 degrees to begin the game.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-3, BB, 3SO

Joey has one hit in his last 18 at-bats in the midst of his first prolonged slump of the season. He hinted ever-so-subtly it was a mental challenge to head back to the Texas League after tasting the experience of playing in a major league stadium for the Futures Game.

 

 

Newcomer J.T. Wise shares the similarities and differences between affiliated ball and the independent ranks. J.T.’s season with the Wichita Wingnuts in the American Association gave the catcher a chance to clear his head and press the reset button, he says:

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-Chris V.

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