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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.

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:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Two Ways to Look at Series Split

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San Antonio struck early, held Frisco in check when it mattered and rallied from two down in the series to salvage a split with the RoughRiders. Click here to read the full game recap.

In one sense, the ‘Riders ought to feel good about themselves after the quick four-game swing down the Alamo City. Wolff Municipal Stadium had been a house of horrors of sorts for the squad this season (they had lost 6-of-8 going into the series) and to escape with a split deserves commendation.

On the other hand, Frisco missed out on an opportunity to win a series at the Wolff after it won the first two installments. The RoughRiders kicked off the set with an 11-2 blowout victory and followed that up with a 3-2 meat-grinder win in 13 innings the following night. The psychological impact of two consecutive defeats in such fashion put Frisco in prime position to steal another game and the series in the process. But a desperate San Antonio team on a seven-game losing streak rallied to win the latter half.

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

It’s been a while since Adams took home “SOTG” honors. The Nebraskan is grinding his way through a midseason slump and took a step in the right direction on Wednesday with his tenth home run of the season. After reaching a season-high .301 batting average on June 9, Adams’ mark at the plate hit a nadir of .266 as of July 13. With two multi-hit games in his last three outings and hits in 4-of-5, the right-handed hitter is up to .272/.324/.438 slash line with 20 doubles, a triple, 40 RBI and 46 runs scored.

In case you missed it:

-The bottom three hitters in the lineup for Frisco combined to bat 0-for-12 on Wednesday night with four strikeouts.

-In the eighth inning, San Antonio’s Austin Hedges hit into his Texas League-leading 16th double play of the season.

-Major league rehabber Jim Adduci started in center field and played until the eighth inning when he was replaced by Chris Grayson. At the dish, Adduci went 1-for-4 with a strikeout. Fellow rehabber Geovany Soto was given the night off.

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

Joey’s eighth inning single snapped an 0-for-14 skid. He know has 96 careers singles and 93 career home runs as a member of the Rangers organization.

 

 

Chris Grayson’s season has been anything but stable. Through three stints with Frisco and two with Advanced-A Myrtle Beach, the outfielder is quietly putting together his best professional season. He also shares some of the unique circumstances behind his college career with Alex in a candid interview:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Nickled & Dimed

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An error and two hit batsman dinged the RoughRiders and proved costly in their bid to win three straight against San Antonio and take the series. Click here to read the full game recap.

The Missions took the lead permanently in the fourth inning on a fielding error by Guilder Rodriguez. On a ground ball hit by Austin Hedges to short, G-Rod unleashed a short throw to first. J.T. Wise, playing the position for the first time as a RoughRider, could not scoop the ball out of the dirt. While the toss over was certainly not the strongest from Rodriguez, it’s still a play Wise needs to make.

Later, when Cody Overbeck grounded back to the pitcher, the out should have been the inning’s last, but the play instead drove in a run for the first of three unearned tallies in the frame by the Missions.

After Claudio exited, Frisco’s two relievers struggled with wildness that hurt the team’s ninth-inning comeback bid. Francisco Mendoza hit the first batter he faced in the sixth inning and walked the next two to load the bases with nobody out. To Mendoza’s credit, he pulled through via a double play and a strikeout to end the inning with only one run allowed, the best possible scenario given the circumstances. However, on the 6-3 twin killing, Yeison Asencio, the player struck by Mendoza’s pitch, scored.

A hit batsmen plagued Erik Hamren as well, the RoughRiders’ arm in the eighth. Rymer Liriano was forced to leave the game after absorbing a shot to the elbow. The pinch runner for Liriano, Hunter Renfroe, scored all the same on a triple by Brian Bixler. In a game the ‘Riders lost by one run, the three unearned runs and the two additional runs that initially reached by way of a hit-by-pitch sank Frisco into too deep a hole.

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

Anyone holding his or her figurative breath in anticipation of a fall-off in Odubel’s offensive production has been doing so for quite a while now. The second baseman singled all over the place on Tuesday – once to right, once to left and once on the infield. His .342 batting average (68-for-199 through 53 games) is tops on the team.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders are now 0-33 when they trail after eight innings. They came close to breaking that streak on Tuesday afternoon, but couldn’t quite finish the job.

-Frisco also falls to 9-9 in day games this season. The team plays one more game under the sun on August 24 in Midland.

-As is his custom, San Antonio field manager Rich Dauer shuffled his lineup defensively during the game. In the seventh inning, Cory Spangenberg moved from center field to his more regular spot at second base. Casey McElroy then shifted from second to third and kicked Adam Buschini across the diamond from third to first. Cody Overbeck, who started the game at first, was replaced in the batting order by new center fielder Rymer Liriano, whose presence in the game was short-lived. After Liriano left the game with an injury in the eighth, Hunter Renfroe became the third center fielder of the ballgame for San Antonio.

-Frisco outhit the Missions 10-8 in the loss.

-Major league rehabber Geovany Soto had another good game and went 2-for-4 with a double as the DH. After his leadoff double in the ninth, Drew Robinson replaced Soto as a pinch runner and later scored on Chris Grayson’s two-run double. Fellow rehabber Jim Adduci was not in the lineup on Tuesday.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-4, 2SO

Playing in his first game with the ‘Riders since July 10, Gallo hit the ball out of the infield once on a fly out to left in the sixth.

 

 

Catcher Geovany Soto has been enjoying his time with the RoughRiders in the Texas League circuit and it shows in the numbers: 7-for-19 (.368) with four runs, two doubles and an RBI through six games. The 2008 National League Rookie of the Year also shares memories of his trip to the MLB All-Star Game in 2008:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Monday Night Marathon

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In terms of innings played (13), Monday’s affair with San Antonio was the longest of the season for the RoughRiders. And, of course, it comes on the eve of an 11:05 a.m. special on Tuesday. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: RF Chris Grayson – 1/5, RBI, 3SO, SF

The numbers may not jump off the stat sheet, but it’s hard to top the timeliness of Chris’s RBI last night. With the bases loaded and one away, the outfielder lofted a fly ball to deep right field that gave Trever Adams plenty of time to score from third and break a 2-2 tie in the top of the 13th inning. In his third stint with the ‘Riders in 2014 alone, Grayson totes a .276 average with 17 RBI in 27 games in the Texas League.

In case you missed it:

-While the 13-innings is a season-high for Frisco, the game was the second-longest of the season in terms of time elapsed. Monday’s game lasted four hours and 17 minutes but on May 15, the ‘Riders battled the Midland RockHounds for four hours and 23 minutes. In one of the crazier games of the season, the Hounds knocked off the horsemen 11-10 in 11 innings.

-Tomás Telis set a season-high with a four-hit night. In the tenth inning, Telis stole second base and advanced to third on an errant throw from San Antonio catcher Robert Kral.

-Patrick Cantwell was hit by a pitch for the 11th time this season, the most of any batter in the Texas League.

-RHP Randy Henry continues to improve with the ‘Riders and earned his first Double-A win of 2014. The reliever pitched three innings in overtime, each in a sudden-death situation, and allowed three hits and no walks with two strikeouts.

-Frisco’s two runs against San Antonio starter Leonel Campos were the Venezuelan’s first two earned runs allowed against the ‘Riders in 12 career appearances.

-The Missions have played in more extra-inning games (18) than any other team in the minors. Even more appalling in San Antonio’s record in said contests: 4-14.

-By comparison, Frisco moved to 2-3 in extras this season.

-Major league rehabbers Jim Adduci and Geovany Soto each went 0-for-4 in the ballgame. Adduci struck out twice and Soto suffered the same fate three times.

-Gallo watch: DNP

Joey was back in the dugout with the team, but stayed there after a whirlwind weekend to Minneapolis for the Futures Game.

 

 

Speaking of Joey, the slugger makes his premiere on the RoughRiders Pregame Show. He shares highlights from his MVP weekend for the Futures Game and illuminates upon some differences between his time in Advanced-A with Myrtle Beach and the ‘Riders at Double-A:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

‘Riders Rewind – Mother’s Day

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Highlights from the back-and-forth Mother’s Day affair between Frisco and Corpus Christi. ‘Riders prevailed 7-5. The game featured three ties and four lead changes. Click here to read the full game recap.

At age 17, Michael De Leon (pictured above) became the youngest player in franchise history to play in a RoughRiders game. The infielder from the Dominican Republic doubled softly down the left field line, scored a run and turned the game-winning double play. Not too shabby a start.

In his final game as a RoughRider, Chris Grayson had three base hits, a double, a run scored and another driven home. Grayson received news of his assignment to Advanced-A Myrtle Beach after the game.

Also, congratulations to Ryan Bores on his first career win at the Double-A level. The righty from Ohio pitched the final two innings and allowed one run on three hits and one walk.

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

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