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Ballpark Bio: Dickey-Stephens Park (North Little Rock)

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Today marks part five of a seven-part series in which I’ll show you the different parks of the Texas League and give you an idea of the various places the Riders are playing, aside from Dr Pepper Ballpark.

 Facts and Figures
Opened: April 12, 2007
Capacity: 7,200
Dimensions: LF – 332, CF – 400, RF – 330

This year, the Travelers are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Dickey-Stephens Park, so it’s my turn to celebrate some of my favorite parts of this park.

One of the things that stands out right away is the entryway. It’s a large, but well-kept area that resembles a train station. This town has a rich railroad history and the park does a nice job of honoring the entryway and other features throughout the stadium.

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The skyscrapers of downtown Little Rock are visible over the right field side of Dickey-Stephens Park.

Once I got inside, the other thing that quickly caught my eye was the view of downtown Little Rock, viewable over the right field side of Dickey-Stephens Park across the Arkansas River. It is very much like Tulsa’s ONEOK Field in that regard. It helps give the park a big-city feel without having to be right in the middle of town.

Before the game, there’s a stretch of organ music. As far as I can tell, it’s recorded but it still adds a nice touch to the park and provides a classic baseball vibe. Once the game gets going, the park gives fans an intimate setting to take in a ballgame, and our booth is very close to the action as well, so it’s been enjoyable through our first two days here.

Dickey-Stephens Park may just be in its 10th year, but I think it does a nice job of combining some of the vintage elements of the game with a modern feel. I’ve definitely had a nice time here thus far and look forward to another great game tonight.

Stay tuned for the next ballpark bio, coming in a few days from Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Arkansas, as I take you along for the ride on my first journey through the Texas League.

-Ryan

Baseball term of the day: For a cent – A cheap base hit.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders at Arkansas (4/12/16)

GAME #6
Frisco RoughRiders (5-0) at Arkansas Travelers (1-4)
Tuesday, April 12 – 11:00 a.m.
Dickey-Stephens Park (North Little Rock, AR)
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Audio: Listen online or through the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Watch: MiLB.TV (Arkansas feed)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 3 of 3 (Riders lead, 2-0)
This season: Game 3 of 12 (Riders lead, 2-0)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Jose Leclerc (0-0, -.–)

RIDERS RECAP: Monday at Arkansas (W, 1-0)

Box Score
Game Recap
Highlights
Postgame Notes

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:

The Riders  starter RICHELSON PENA took a perfect game two outs deep into the sixth, and the club carried a no-hitter two outs into the seventh in 1-0 shutout of the Arkansas Travelers on Monday night…Pena allowed a two-out walk to Angel Rosa, ending his night…REED GARRETT continued on the hill, tossing 2 1/3 scoreless frames, but surrendered a two-out double in the seventh to Andrew  Daniel to lose the combined no-hit big…the lone Riders run came from RONALD GUZMAN who smashed a solo home run to right field in the sixth inning off of Travs starter Blayne Weller…MATT BUSH closed things out with a two-walk, no-hit ninth.
NEARLY PERFECT:

RICHELSON PENA was so close to perfection last night. He pitched 5 2/3 perfect innings against the Travs before allowing a base-on-balls with two outs in the sixth. Pena exited the game following the walk, and the bullpen took over from there. REED GARRETT and MATT BUSH combined to hold Arkansas scoreless with just one hit (a double) in the remaining 3 1/3 innings.

THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER:

While almost every facet of the RoughRiders team is clicking right now, the bullpen is in the midst of a particularly impressive stretch. Over the past three games, the pen has posted 13 1/3 straight scoreless innings from the combination of CODY BUCKELREED GARRETTADAM PARKSJOSE VALDESPINARYNE SLACK, and MATT BUSH. Over that stretch, the relievers have allowed just six hits and seven walks (0.98 WHIP), while striking out nine.

STREAKING START:

Thanks to a three-game sweep over Northwest Arkansas and two wins to begin the series against Arkansas, the Riders have reached 5-0 for just the second time in team history. Frisco opened the 2008 season with five straight victories on the road against Springfield and Arkansas. The club has never begun a season 6-0.

aMAZing DEBUT:

Nomar Mazara (MLB Pipeline No. 3 prospect, Riders ’14-15) made history Sunday in his first start with the Rangers. The 20-year-old outfielder became the youngest player to ever record three hits, including one home run, in his Major League debut. Mazara singled in his first two at-bats before smacking a solo homer off 11-year veteran Jered Weaver.

BRETT TO THE BIGS:

Nomar Mazara wasn’t the only former Rider to get called up to the Majors. The Rangers purchased the contract of Brett Nicholas (Riders ’13), who made his big league debut yesterday, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, catching a 7-3 Rangers win. After playing in Frisco, Nicholas spent the past two seasons with Round Rock and began 2016 with the Express before being promoted Sunday.

Saddle Up: Riders at Arkansas (4/11/16)

GAME #5
Frisco RoughRiders (4-0) at Arkansas Travelers (1-3)
Monday, April 11 – 7:10 p.m.
Dickey-Stephens Park (North Little Rock, AR)
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Audio: Listen online or through the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Watch: MiLB.TV (Arkansas feed)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 2 of 3 (Riders lead, 1-0)
This season: Game 2 of 12 (Riders lead, 1-0)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Richelson Pena (0-0, -.–)

RIDERS RECAP: Sunday at Arkansas (W, 6-4 – 12 innings)

Box Score
Game Recap
Highlights
Postgame Notes

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:

Trailing 4-0 in the sixth, the Riders mounted a comeback to tie the game over the next three innings and scored twice in the 12th to capture a 6-4 win over the Arkansas Travelers…RYAN CORDELL smacked the club’s first homer of the year in the sixth to make it 4-1, and Frisco put together a pair of runs in the seventh and the game-tying run on a single by JOE JACKSON in the eighth…The Riders bullpen posted seven scoreless innings, including 3.1 innings from RYNE SLACK who earned the win.

THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER:

While almost every facet of the RoughRiders team is clicking right now, the bullpen is in the midst of a particularly impressive stretch. Over the past two games, the pen has posted ten straight scoreless innings from the combination of CODY BUCKEL,REED GARRETTADAM PARKSJOSE VALDESPINA, and RYNE SLACK. Over that stretch, the relievers have allowed just five hits and five walks, while striking out six.

STREAKING START:

Thanks to a three-game series sweep over Northwest Arkansas and last night’s 12-inning win over Arkansas, the Riders reached 4-0 for just the second time in team history. Frisco opened the 2008 season with five straight victories on the road against Springfield and Arkansas.

aMAZing DEBUT:

Nomar Mazara (MLB Pipeline No. 3 prospect, Riders ’14-15) made history in his first start with the Rangers. The 20-year-old outfielder became the youngest player to ever record three hits in his Major League debut. Mazara singled in his first two at-bats before smacking a solo homer off 11-year veteran Jered Weaver.

BRETT TO THE BIGS:

Nomar Mazara wasn’t the only former Rider to get called up to the Majors yesterday. The Rangers purchased the contract of Brett Nicholas (Riders ’13). After playing in Frisco, Nicholas spent the past two seasons with Round Rock and began 2016 with the Express before being promoted yesterday.

HOW SWEEP IT IS:

After taking all three games from Northwest Arkansas in the opening series, the Riders accomplished something that was done just once last year. Frisco only swept one series in 2015, and it was a rain-shortened two-game road set against Northwest Arkansas on July 10. The last time the Riders swept a three-game series was August 15-17, 2014 at Tulsa.

RANGER DANGER:

Three of the four of the Rangers full-season affiliates are off to 4-0 starts in the 2016 season. Triple-A Round Rock scored three runs in the first two innings and then exploded for seven runs in the top of the eighth, en route to a 10-4 victory and series sweep over Iowa. High-A High Desert plated three early runs as well and held on for to defeat Inland Empire 3-2 for the sweep. Single-A Hickory became the first Rangers affiliate to lose this season, falling to Kannapolis 10-3.

 

Riders Rewind: Audio Highlights From 4.16

The Riders won the first of three against the Arkansas Travelers on Thursday night. Below are the audio highlights from the 2-0 victory.

INNING: TOP 2 
SCORE: RIDERS 1-0
PLAY: Riders strike first thanks to an Eric Stamets throwing error

INNING: BOTTOM 3
SCORE: RIDERS 1-0
PLAY: Jake Skole slides to rob Drew Maggi of a hit 

INNING: TOP 5
SCORE: RIDERS 1-0
PLAY: Andrew Faulkner throws out Chad Hinkle on a slow tapper

INNING: TOP 6
SCORE: RIDERS 2-0
PLAY: Suarez walks Robinson with the bases loaded

INNING: BOTTOM 8
SCORE: RIDERS 2-0
PLAY: Jesus Pirela works out of a bases loaded jam to retire Travs in 8th

INNING: BOTTOM 9
SCORE: RIDERS 2-0
PLAY: Closer Francisco Mendoza records his second save 

Next Game: Frisco RoughRiders (3-4) @ Arkansas Travelers (6-1) on Friday, April 17th at 7:10 p.m.

Probables: Jake Thompson (0-1, 4.50) vs. Tyler DeLoach (1-0, 0.00)

Riders Pregame show starts at 6:50 p.m. Listen live on your computer or smartphone.

Happy Fourth of July!

Miss the last RoughRiders game? Catch up on the action or relive the highlights with ‘Riders Rewind, a daily capsule of yesterday’s big moments. Listen to previous editions of ‘Riders Rewind here.

Frisco fell behind 5-1 after a rough third inning, but chipped away at the deficit and stormed ahead with a monster five-run seventh. Click here to read the full game recap.

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

Odubel continues to knock the cover off the cowhide and extended his hit streak to ten games on Friday. On U.S. Independence Day, the Venezuelan drove in the first run of the game and later tied the game at 5-5 to cap a four-run rally. ‘Dubel is clobbering at a .352 clip in the Texas League this season (43 games) and at an astronomical .421 rate over his last ten games. With the ‘Riders, the southpaw has 18 runs, eight doubles, two triples, one home run and 25 RBI.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders are undefeated in the state of Arkansas this season with a perfect 9-0 record.

-The ‘Riders also won their fourth straight game for the first time since May 29.

-Friday’s four-run rally marked the second time this season the ‘Riders overcame such a deficit and went on to win the ballgame. The first instance occurred way back on April 10 in an 11-7 win over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Frisco fell behind 4-0 in the first inning, tied the game at four in the top of the third and then fell behind 7-4 in the fourth. It was all RoughRiders the rest of the way, however, as they scored seven unanswered to win their second straight in what would become a ten-game winning streak. The ‘Riders smashed four home runs in the game (Jordan Brown, Drew Robinson, Trever Adams, Ryan Rua) and Rougned Odor finished 2-for-5 with a run scored.

-Gallo watch: 2-for-4, R, IBB, 2K

Joey drew his first intentional walk in the Texas League in a move that backfired on the Travelers. He rebounded nicely after striking out in his first two at-bats of the night.

-Patrick Cantwell was hit by a pitch for the tenth time this season (most on the team) when Drew Rucinski plunked him on the left wrist in the fifth inning.

-Tomás Telis’ entered the game with his batting average below .300 for the first time since May 4, a streak of 46 games.

-Wilmer Font earned his first win on the mound since April 17 against Corpus Christi.

 

 

One day after Edwar Cabrera tossed eight innings of shutout baseball, the southpaw regales his longest outing of the season with Alex on the Pregame Show. Interestingly enough, the last time Cabrera threw that many frames also came against the Travelers but in 2012 when he belonged to the Colorado Rockies organization (Tulsa Drillers). Edwar admits lobbying Jason Wood to pitch the ninth, but respects his skipper’s decision:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Fear and Loathing [of] Las Vegas

Miss the last RoughRiders game? Catch up on the action or relive the highlights with ‘Riders Rewind, a daily capsule of yesterday’s big moments. Listen to previous editions of ‘Riders Rewind here.

There is no love lost between the Arkansas Travelers and two of the heroes from last night’s game for the RoughRiders, Joey Gallo and Drew Robinson. Both propsects hail from Sin City and cashed in in a big, big way on Thursday as each homered in a 2-0 win. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: LHP Edwar Cabrera – 8.0IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 7K

Joey and Drew provided the offense, but really, it was the least they could do in support of Edwar, who produced a gem on Thursday. The Dominican refused to allow an extra-base hit over his longest outing of the season. Incidentally, the last time the southpaw tossed eight innings also came at Dickey-Stephens Park back in 2012, when Cabrera pitched in the Colorado Rockies organization with the Tulsa Drillers. He lobbied field manager Jason Wood to pitch the ninth, but graciously said he respects Wood’s decision. Caby is now 4-6 with a 3.07 ERA on the season.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders are undefeated in the state of Arkansas this season with a perfect 8-0 record.

-The ‘Riders also won their third straight game for the first time since June 6.

-Frisco shut out an opponent for the ninth time this season, tied with San Antonio for the most in the league.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-5, R, HR, RBI, 3SO

You take the trio of strikeouts when Joey breaks a scoreless tie on a solo home run in the eighth inning on the road. The hulking left-handed hitter now has 30 home runs this season, more than anyone in either Minor League or Major League Baseball this season (Kris Bryant of Triple-A Iowa is in second with 28). His nine home runs in the Texas League already ranks ninth in the league and Gallo has played in just 21 games.

-Gallo’s home run off David Carpenter, a pitcher with nearly 50 career innings of big league experience, was the first run allowed by Carpenter in nearly 17 innings.

-The ‘Riders say bon voyage to Ryan Strausborger after a brief, but explosive stint with the ‘Riders. For the first time in eight games with Frisco, Strausborger failed to register a base knock or score a run. The speedy center fielder batted .417 (15-for-36) with four extra-base hits, four RBI and nine runs scored.

-First baseman Trever Adams made a circus catch in foul territory in the eighth inning. On a towering pop fly from Eric Stamets, Adams drifted across the line and made the snag after the ball bounced out of glove and caromed off his melon (and back into his mitt).

-In addition to his heroics at the plate, Robinson made two acrobatic plays in right field to help Cabrera in the fourth. Robinson dove to retire Alex Yarbrough on a line drive. Later, he veered into foul territory and crashed into the wall to end the inning on a fly ball from Mike Bianucci.

 

 

Backstop Patrick Cantwell chats about his chemistry with certain battery mates and discusses his growth at the plate this season:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

One home stand late and two posts off the mark…a belated introduction

Baseball players thrive on rhythm and routine both on and off the diamond. The RoughRiders’ first home stand consisted of two rain-outs (including one on Opening Day), two doubleheaders and six games squished into a four-day span. Two of the games featured rehab appearances by big league hurler (and former RoughRider) Matt Harrison. The ‘Riders played three games in a 24-hour period from April 7-8. Simply put, neither rhythm nor routine were present during the first week of the season.

Fortunately, in a regular season that encompasses five months and 140 games, repetition is almost inevitable. The RoughRiders seem to have found at least a semblance of it in the Natural State on their first road trip of the season. The ‘Riders swept the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in three games, but their first game against the Arkansas Travelers was, as you may have guessed, rained out.

Regardless, back at the corner of Hicks & Diamond Drive, I too, have begun to settle into the ebb and flow of the baseball season. I couldn’t be happier, either. As Alex Vispoli’s Broadcasting & Media Relations Assistant, I am excited to help bring you RoughRiders baseball this summer. You can hear me on the air with Alex during every home game and on pregame/postgame coverage while the team is on the road. I look forward to the journey with the ‘Riders this season and I hope we can learn more about this team and the game of baseball together.

As Alex progressively introduced me to the staff at Dr Pepper Ballpark over the course of my first month in town, I consistently heard the phrase, “Welcome aboard.” My effort to reciprocate this friendly Texas welcome appears before your eyes now, regrettably late by one home stand and two blog posts. This is the 502nd post on the ‘Riders Insider Blog and I realize now I had a subconscious desire to publish the 500th. Alas, my dreams of attaining ‘Riders Insider immortality have been dashed (or at the very least, altered).

In an effort to amend my tardiness, I have included some worthwhile links. ‘Riders on the Record returns below as Alex Vispoli sits down on Opening Day with new ‘Riders skipper, Jason Wood. I also encourage you to listen to the first RoughRiders Roundtable of the season on the Dallas Sports Network with Alex, myself, and the usually uninformed Michael Tepid. Many thanks to Ted Price for his work on the production end.

Click here to listen to the 13th edition of RoughRiders Roundtable.

I am genuinely thrilled to climb on the saddle with the RoughRiders in 2014. Here’s to a great ride.

-Chris Vosters

‘Riders on the Record: Three pitchers, two managers and a broadcaster

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‘Riders on the Record is a weekly rundown of the pre-game interviews record by broadcasters Alex Vispoli and Nathan Barnett with RoughRiders players and coaches and occasionally a special guest. You can find all previous editions by clicking here.

A pitching-heavy week on ‘Riders on the record provided some gems from our guests. Kevin Pucetas spoke with R.A. Dickey about his knuckleball apprenticeship–good stuff. Other highlights include Tyler Tufts channeling his old college routine to starting pitching, Nick McBride’s July 4th tradition, Travelers’ manager Tim Bogar comparing Terry Francona and Joe Maddon and Naturals broadcaster Steven Davis’ impressions of flamethrower Yordano Ventura.

Enjoy and Happy Sunday! (and belated Happy Independence Day!)

Sunday, June 30, 2013 – Manager Steve Buechele


In their weekly chat, Alex spoke with ‘Riders manager Steve Buechele about the week that was after the All-Star break. He touches on the resiliency of the offense in their big come-from-behind win. He also talks about the promotion of 2012 ‘Riders outfielder Engel Beltre to the big leagues. (w/ Alex Vispoli)

Monday, July 1, 2013 – Voice of the Naturals Steven Davis


Steven Davis, the voice of the Naturals, talks about the success of the All-Star Game at Arvest Ballpark. He discusses the improved offense and the no-hitter from Brooks Pounders and reminisces on the most impressive Royals pitching prospects he has seen in his time in Springdale. (w/ Alex)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 – RHP Tyler Tufts


Tyler Tufts made just one start in his pro career before 2013. This year, he has made 12. He has been great as a starter as well. He talks about his routine adjustment and explains what his timeline is like on the day his spot in the rotation is due up. He explains his current health situation and tosses aside the notion 100% in favor of day-to-day assessment. (w/ Nathan Barnett)

Thursday, July 4, 2013 – RHP Nick McBride


On Independence Day, RoughRiders starting pitcher Nick McBride talks about his family’s July 4th tradition on what is now his property. A fixture in the ‘Riders rotation for over a month, McBride began the season in the bullpen at Advanced-A Myrtle Beach; he discusses the change in routine and adjustment as a starter as well as the development of a new pitch. (w/ Nathan)

Friday, July 5, 2013 – Arkansas Travelers Manager Tim Bogar


Arkansas Travelers Manager Tim Bogar joined the pregame show for the final meeting of the regular season between the RoughRiders and the Travelers. He talks about his coaching tree and breaks down the play of some of the key Angels prospects on his roster. (w/ Nathan)

Saturday, July 6, 2013 – RHP Kevin Pucetas


Starting pitcher Kevin Pucetas has begun throwing a knuckleball in addition to his more conventional pitch mix. He talks about the development of that pitch and the advice given to him by R.A. Dickey. (w/ Nathan)

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The RoughRiders meet up with the Naturals tonight at 6:00 p.m. from Dr Pepper Ballpark. As always, you can find the game over at RidersBaseball.com! Here Alex’s interview with the manager live tonight at around 5:50 as part of the pre-game show.

– Nathan

Baseball term of the day: raw-raw – a knuckleball 

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

Home Sweet Home: Fireworks, fireworks!

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Twelve games deep into the second half of the Texas League season, and the Frisco RoughRiders sit tied atop the South Division standings. The upcoming six-game home stand, which begins tonight, will complete a stretch of 12 straight games against North Division opponents.

This is an important home stand for Frisco, as they are eight games over .500 against the North Division this season and need to capitalize on these meetings against North Division foes. The games line up the same as they did the last six games: three against the Travelers and then three against the Naturals. Frisco went 3-3 in that stretch, taking one from the Travs and two from the Naturals; both teams are 7-5, the best mark in the second half in the Texas League.

These are the matchups we expect to see on the mound for the upcoming two series:

Wednesday: RHP Nick McBride (1-3, 5.14 ERA) vs RHP Matt Oye (5-5, 5.29 ERA)

Thursday: RHP Kevin Pucetas (8-7, 4.80 ERA) vs RHP Brandon Hynick (6-3, 2.88 ERA)

Friday: RHP Neil Ramirez (9-2, 3.14 ERA) vs RHP Mike Piazza (4-2, 3.24 ERA)

Saturday: RHP Carlos Pimentel (7-6, 4.55 ERA) vs TBA

Sunday: RHP Tyler Tufts (2-2, 3.24 ERA) vs TBA

Monday: RHP Nick McBride vs TBA

Wednesday, July 3   |   7:05 p.m.   | RoughRiders vs. Arkansas Travelers (LAA)
Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details):

  • Dollar Dog Night
  • RoughRiders Horse Race presented by Whataburger

Thursday, July 4   |   7:05 p.m.   | RoughRiders vs. Arkansas Travelers (LAA)
Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details)

  • July 4th Post-game fireworks
  • Free ‘Riders sunshade

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  • Dairy Queen Triple Play
  • RoughRiders Horse Race presented by Whataburger

Friday, July 5   |   7:05 p.m.   | RoughRiders vs. Arkansas Travelers (LAA)
TV: KTXD    Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details):

  • Friday Night Post-game fireworks
  • Free Elvis Andrus Replica ‘Riders T-Shirt compliments of Nationwide

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  • Dairy Queen Triple Play
  • Smashburger SMASH inning

Saturday, July 6   |   7:05 p.m.   | RoughRiders vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals (KC)
TV: KTXD    Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details):

  • Post-game fireworks
  • Dairy Queen Triple Play
  • RoughRiders Horse Race presented by Whataburger

Sunday, July 7   |   6:05 p.m.   | RoughRiders vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals (KC)
Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details):

  • Kids Run the Bases
  • Raising Cane’s Grand Slam Sunday
  • RoughRiders Horse Race presented by Whataburger

Monday, July 8   |   7:05 p.m.   | RoughRiders vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals (KC)
Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details) 

– Nathan

Baseball term of the day: seat-boomerslang term for a home run

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

Texas League Prospects (North Division)

On May 10, we took a glance at some of the prospects from the Texas League South Division and their performances throughout this first part of the season.

The RoughRiders are on the road playing North Division opponents, therefore, today, we’re taking a look at the North Division and discussing prospects for each team.

Springfield Cardinals:

Xavier Scruggs, 1B – Scruggs is ranked second of all first baseman by Baseball America in the St. Louis Cardinals system.  Scruggs leads the Cardinals in home runs (12) and RBIs (38) and is second in the Texas League in HR (one behind Hooks’ slugger George Springer).  Scruggs leads the Texas League in RBIs (just four above Frisco’s Brett Nicholas), slugging percentage (.624) and in best HR/AB ratio (1/10.42).  He was named the Texas League Player of the Week April 29.
The RoughRiders are currently on the road with Springfield.  In last night’s game, Scruggs hit 2 RBIs against Frisco.

Scruggs

Arkansas Travelers:

C.J. Cron, 1B – Cron is ranked by Baseball America as the number 3 prospect and the top first baseman in the Los Angeles Angels system.  Cron leads the Travelers in RBIs (21), doubles (14) and hits (51).  As of today, he is fifth in batting in the Texas League, and number four in doubles and hits. In his last ten games, Cron has averaged .316 four runs on 12 hits with one home run.

Cron

Tulsa Drillers:

Christian Bergman, RHP – Bergman is ranked number 28 and the fifth best right-hander in the Colorado Rockies system by Baseball America.  He leads the Drillers in wins (3), strikeouts (40) and ERA (3.02).  This year, Bergman is 3-2 in nine starts, with opponents hitting .234.  Bergman has the 9th top ERA  in the Texas League and is 2nd in innings pitched (53.2).

Bergman

Northwest Arkansas Naturals:

Matt Fields, 1B – Fields is ranked as the third best first baseman in the Kansas City Royals system by Baseball America.  He leads the Naturals in home runs (10), RBIs (29) and runs (20).  In the Texas League, Matt is 5th in home runs.  In his last ten games, Matt has had five runs on ten hits and 6 RBI, averaging .294 in 34 at bats.

Fields

Baseball Term of the Day: Glory time: A point late in a game during which a relief pitcher can earn a potential save.

-Ryan

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