Results tagged ‘ Corpus Christi Hooks ’

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Corpus Christi (9/2)

GAME #135 (2nd HALF GAME #66)

Frisco RoughRiders (61-73 overall, 23-42 2nd half) vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (82-54, 35-31 2nd half)
Friday, September 2 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
—————————————–

Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Ryan Rouillard)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Barnett and Rouillard)
Live stats: Click here
—————————————–
This series: Game 4 of 4 (Hooks lead 2-1)
This season: Game 32 of 32 (Hooks lead 19-12)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Darin Mastroianni – CF
  2. Edwin Garcia – 1B
  3. Andy Ibanez – 3B
  4. Joe Jackson – LF
  5. Alexeis Bell – DH
  6. Eduard Pinto – RF
  7. Luis Marte – SS
  8. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – C
  9. Alberto Triunfel – 2B

LHP Jack Snodgrass (3-1, 2.79 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Thursday vs. Corpus Christi (W, 3-0)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: IF Edwin Garcia

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over the Hooks…CONNOR SADZECK ended a streak of seven straight winless starts, working 5 2/3 shutout innings with three hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts…Sadzeck exited with the bases loaded in the sixth, but RICHELSON PENA struck out Chase McDonald to extinguish the threat…The Riders scored all three of their runs in the fourth inning, with only one coming in earned against Hooks starter Francis Martes.

RIDING TO POST-SEASON STARDOM:
Wednesday, the Texas League announced that outfielder RYAN CORDELL and first baseman RONALD GUZMAN were selected to the Texas League Post-Season All-Star team. Cordell is hitting .264 in 107 games this season with 19 homers and 70 RBI. He was the Texas League and Rangers Minor League Player of the Month for April. Cordell has been on the DL since August 3. Guzman was a .288 hitter with 15 homers and 56 RBI in 102 games with the Riders. He participated in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in July and was promoted to Triple-A Round Rock on August 3. Additionally, Riders hitting coach JASON HART was named this year’s recipient of the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Coach of the Year Award.

SO LONG TO THE STREAK:
The RoughRiders closed out an eight-game losing streak with last night’s win. The skid was tied for the longest of the season (May 24-June 1) and the third-longest in franchise history. During the eight games, the Riders averaged 2.1 runs per game while allowing 4.6.

ADIOS, AUGUST:
As the RoughRiders turn the calendar to September, they hope to bounce back from a rough month of August. The Riders went 7-20 (.259) last month, posting the lowest winning percentage in a month (excluding September) in team history. The previous low winning percentage was .318, set in April 2004 (7-14-1) and April 2005 (7-15). During August, Frisco hit .231 and had a staff ERA of 4.64.

HOME IS WHERE THE BATS ARE:
In the month of August, Frisco’s scoring numbers were starkly different between home and road games. In 11 home games, the Riders averaged 4.6 runs per game, batting .272 as a team, and hitting .294 with runners in scoring position. By contrast, the team averaged 2.3 runs per game, hitting .203 as a team, and .191 with RISP in 16 games away from Dr Pepper Ballpark.

THE PEN IS MIGHTIER:
The Riders bullpen has been very reliable the last few weeks, including 3 1/3 scoreless innings last night. In the last 10 contests, the bullpen has covered a lot of innings and has performed admirably with a 2.13 ERA (9 ER / 38.0 IP). The relievers have struck out 42 and walked 19, with six of the walks coming Wednesday.  For the year, the bullpen has a 3.97 ERA with 498 strikeouts and 243 walks in 500.2 IP.

CHASING THE WRONG HISTORY:
The 2016 RoughRiders got off to one of the best starts in team history. The club had the best record through all but one of the first 45 games of the season, beginning the year an impressive 5-0, 9-1, 17-4, 21-6, and 30-13. Since then, the Riders have struggled in the win column. In fact, at 23-42, the Riders are guaranteed to finish with the worst single-half record in team history. The previous low mark was 29-41 (both halves of 2005 and the first half of last year). Frisco is on pace to finish 25-45 in the second half.

REELING IN SUCCESS AGAINST THE HOOKS:
The Riders have struggled much of the season series against Corpus Christi, losing 14 of 16 to the Hooks at one point. However, Frisco has won six of the last 10 games against Corpus Christi. In that stretch, the Riders are averaging 5.5 runs per game and hitting .268 as a team.

ANOTHER POWER OUTAGE:
For the second time this season, the Riders are in a extended home run drought. Frisco has gone seven consecutive games without a long ball since JOE JACKSON’s solo homer in San Antonio last Wednesday. That ties the season’s longest drought, also set June 24-July 3. Additionally, the Riders have gone four consecutive games without allowing a home run, one off tying the season-high, set July 31-August 4. Beau Taylor’s home run on Saturday is the only home run hit in a Riders game during the last seven contests.

MENDEZ MAKES THE MAJORS:
The Texas Rangers are expected to recall former Riders left-handed pitcher YOHANDER MENDEZ prior to today’s game against the Astros. The 21-year-old will be seeking his Major League debut. He began the season with Class A-Advanced High Desert before vaulting up the ranks. He joined the Riders May 20 and, after a spot start with Triple-A Round Rock on July 5, was promoted back to the Express on August 3. He has a combined 12-3 record with a 2.19 ERA this season, leading the Rangers farm system in wins and ERA, while ranking fourth in strikeouts (113). He becomes the 10th former Riders player to make the big leagues this year and the third from this year’s squad, joining MATT BUSH and JOSE LECLERC.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Cuban-born righty Rogelio Armenteros makes his third start with the Hooks and his first against the RoughRiders. The 22-year-old was promoted to Corpus Christi from Class A-Advanced Lancaster on August 18. He made his Double-A debut August 21 with seven shutout innings against Arkansas and followed it up with one run in six innings Saturday against San Antonio. With Lancaster, he was 6-4 with a 4.18 ERA in 19 outings. He also made four appearances with Class-A Quad Cities to begin the season. Armenteros made his stateside debut last season but began his professional career in 2011 (age 17) with Industriales de Habana in the Cuban National Series. REPERTOIRE: Fastball (90-92), slider, curveball, changeup.

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Corpus Christi (9/1)

GAME #134 (2nd HALF GAME #65)

Frisco RoughRiders (60-73 overall, 22-42 2nd half) vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (82-53, 35-30 2nd half)
Thursday, September 1 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
—————————————–

Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Ryan Rouillard)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Barnett and Rouillard)
Live stats: Click here
—————————————–
This series: Game 3 of 4 (Hooks lead 2-0)
This season: Game 31 of 32 (Hooks lead 20-11)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Darin Mastroianni – CF
  2. Edwin Garcia – 1B
  3. Andy Ibanez – 3B
  4. Joe Jackson – LF
  5. Alexeis Bell – RF
  6. Luis Marte – SS
  7. Carson Blair – DH
  8. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 2B
  9. Kellin Deglan – C

RHP Connor Sadzeck (9-8, 4.33 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Wednesday vs. Corpus Christi (L, 4-2)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Hitting Coach Jason Hart

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders let a pair of leads go in a 4-2 loss to Corpus Christi Wednesday night…SCOTT CARROLL delivered another solid start for the Riders, allowing one run across five innings…Relievers DAVID PEREZ, RYNE SLACK, and JUAN GRULLON each gave up a run in one inning of work, helping the Hooks grab a 4-2 edge.

RIDING TO POST-SEASON STARDOM:
Yesterday, the Texas League announced that outfielder RYAN CORDELL and first baseman RONALD GUZMAN were selected to the Texas League Post-Season All-Star team. Cordell is hitting .264 in 107 games this season with 19 homers and 70 RBI. He was the Texas League and Rangers Minor League Player of the Month for April. Cordell has been on the DL since August 3. Guzman was a .288 hitter with 15 homers and 56 RBI in 102 games with the Riders. He participated in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in July and was promoted to Triple-A Round Rock on August 3. Additionally, Riders hitting coach JASON HART was named this year’s recipient of the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Coach of the Year Award.

ADIOS, AUGUST:
As the RoughRiders turn the calendar to September, they hope to bounce back from a rough month of August. The Riders went 7-20 (.259) last month, posting the lowest winning percentage in a month (excluding September) in team history. The previous low winning percentage was .318, set in April 2004 (7-14-1) and April 2005 (7-15). During August, Frisco hit .231 and had a staff ERA of 4.64.

HOME IS WHERE THE BATS ARE:
In the month of August, Frisco’s scoring numbers were starkly different between home and road games. In 11 home games, the Riders averaged 4.6 runs per game, batting .272 as a team, and hitting .294 with runners in scoring position. By contrast, the team averaged 2.3 runs per game, hitting .203 as a team, and .191 with RISP in 16 games away from Dr Pepper Ballpark.

THE PEN IS MIGHTIER:
Although the bullpen got tagged for three runs last night, Riders relievers have still been a bright spot on the current eight-game losing streak. In the eight contests, the bullpen covered a lot of innings and has performed admirably with a 2.56 ERA (9 ER / 31.2 IP). The relievers have struck out 36 and walked 16, with six of the walks coming last night.  For the year, the bullpen has a 4.00 ERA with 494 strikeouts and 242 walks in 497.1 IP.

TIME TO END THE STREAK:
Last night’s loss was Frisco’s eighth straight, tying a season-long skid, previously occurring May 24-June  1. Making the current slide even tougher to swallow is that Frisco has led in five of the eight games, lost three games by two runs, and lost two in extra innings. Of the RoughRiders’ 42 second-half losses, the club has led in 20 of them, and 20 have been decided by two runs or fewer.

CHASING THE WRONG HISTORY:
The 2016 RoughRiders got off to one of the best starts in team history. The club had the best record through all but one of the first 45 games of the season, beginning the year an impressive 5-0, 9-1, 17-4, 21-6, and 30-13. Since then, the Riders have struggled in the win column. In fact, at 22-42, the Riders are guaranteed to finish with the worst single-half record in team history. The previous low mark was 29-41 (both halves of 2005 and the first half of last year). Frisco is on pace to finish 24-46 in the second half.

REELING IN SUCCESS AGAINST THE HOOKS:
The Riders have struggled much of the season series against Corpus Christi, losing 14 of 16 to the Hooks at one point. However, Frisco has won five of the last nine games against Corpus Christi. In that stretch, the Riders are averaging 5.8 runs per game and hitting .267 as a team.

MAPLE LEAF MASHER:
Over the last 24 games, the Riders have hit just 11 home runs as a team. Five of those have come off the bat of KELLIN DEGLAN, including a grand slam. On August 3 against Midland, he had his first two-homer game since June 24, 2014 with Class-A Hickory. Deglan has hit nine long balls this year, which leads all players on the active roster. Those homers have come in surges, though. The Canadian catcher went homerless in the months of April and June but hit two jacks in May, two more in a six-game span in July, and this stretch of five in 13 games played in which he has hit .237 (9-for-38) with a double, five HR, and 14 RBI.

ANOTHER POWER OUTAGE:
For the second time this season, the Riders are in a extended home run drought. Frisco has gone six consecutive games without a long ball since JOE JACKSON’s solo homer in San Antonio last Wednesday. The Riders’ longest home run drought of the year is seven games (June 24-July 3), part of a stretch in which the Riders homered once in 11 games.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Francis Martes, the new top prospect in the Houston farm system, makes his sixth appearance against the RoughRiders this year. The RoughRiders have given Martes his two roughest outings of the year, touching him up for 10 earned runs in 3.0 innings, good for an ERA of 30.00, in those two appearances. However, Martes has turned in quality starts in each of his last three outings against the Riders, posting a 2.75 ERA in those outings. The righty out of the Dominican Republic was named Texas League Player of the Week this week following seven shutout innings with three hits against Midland on Friday. He brings a streak of six straight quality starts into tonight’s contest. Martes came to the Astros from the Marlins organization in a multi-player trade at the 2014 deadline. REPERTOIRE: Fastball (mid-90s), curveball, changeup.

 

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Corpus Christi (8/31)

GAME #133 (2nd HALF GAME #64)

Frisco RoughRiders (60-72 overall, 22-41 2nd half) vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (81-53, 34-30 2nd half)
Wednesday, August 31 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
—————————————–

Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Ryan Rouillard)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Barnett and Rouillard)
Live stats: Click here
—————————————–
This series: Game 2 of 4 (Hooks lead 1-0)
This season: Game 30 of 32 (Hooks lead 19-11)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Darin Mastroianni – CF
  2. Eduard Pinto – RF
  3. Andy Ibanez – 3B
  4. Joe Jackson – LF
  5. Luis Marte – SS
  6. Edwin Garcia – 1B
  7. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – C
  8. Kellin Deglan – DH
  9. Alberto Triunfel – 2B

RHP Scott Carroll (1-1, 3.71 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Tuesday vs. Corpus Christi (L, 6-5)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Andy Ibanez and Alexeis Bell (part two)

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
In a back-and-forth battle, the RoughRiders lost the series opener against Corpus Christi 6-5  Tuesday night…Major League rehabber COLBY LEWIS worked 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits in his second rehab start with the Riders…Frisco saw an early 3-1 lead turn into a 5-3 deficit after the fourth, but the Riders rallied to tie the game with two runs in the seventh…After four scoreless innings against reliever ARIEL JURADO, the Hooks took the lead in the ninth on a single from Nick TanieluEDUARD PINTO bounced back from a tough road trip, going 4-for-4 and was hit by a pitch.

RIDING TO POST-SEASON STARDOM:
Earlier today, the Texas League announced that outfielder RYAN CORDELL and first baseman RONALD GUZMAN were selected to the Texas League Post-Season All-Star team. Cordell is hitting .264 in 107 games this season with 19 homers and 70 RBI. He was the Texas League and Rangers Minor League Player of the Month for April. Cordell has been on the DL since August 3. Guzman was a .288 hitter with 15 homers and 56 RBI in 102 games with the Riders. He participated in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in July and was promoted to Triple-A Round Rock on August 3. Additionally, Riders hitting coach JASON HART was named this year’s recipient of the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Coach of the Year Award.

HOME IS WHERE THE BATS ARE:
In the month of August, Frisco’s scoring numbers have been starkly different between home and road games. In 10 home games this month, the Riders are scoring 4.9 runs per game, batting .274 as a team, and hitting .302 with runners in scoring position. By contrast, the team is averaging 2.3 runs per game, hitting .203 as a team, and .191 with RISP in 16 games away from Dr Pepper Ballpark.

THE PEN IS MIGHTIER:
During the current seven-game losing streak the bullpen has been one of the bright spots. In the seven contests, the bullpen covered a lot of innings and has performed admirably with a 1.95 ERA (6 ER / 27.2 IP). The relievers have struck out 29 and walked 10.  For the year, the bullpen has a 3.98 ERA with 487 strikeouts and 236 walks in 493.1 IP.

REELING IN SUCCESS AGAINST THE HOOKS:
The Riders have struggled much of the season series against Corpus Christi, losing 14 of 16 to the Hooks at one point. However, Frisco has won five of the last eight games against Corpus Christi. In that stretch, the Riders are averaging 6.3 runs per game and hitting .269 as a team.

TIME TO END THE STREAK:
With seven straight losses, the RoughRiders are in the midst of their second-longest losing skid of the season. Frisco’s lost five-or-more games consecutively four times now this year, with the longest losing streak of eight games coming May 24-June 1 against Springfield and Tulsa. Making the current slide even tougher to swallow is that Frisco has led in four of the seven games, lost two games by two runs, and two in extra innings. Of the RoughRiders’ 41 second-half losses, the club has led in 19 of them, and 19 have been decided by two runs or fewer.

CHASING THE WRONG HISTORY:
The 2016 RoughRiders got off to one of the best starts in team history. The club had the best record through all but one of the first 45 games of the season, beginning the year an impressive 5-0, 9-1, 17-4, 21-6, and 30-13. Since then, however, the Riders have struggled in the win column. In fact, at 22-41, Frisco is on-pace for the worst half in team history. The Riders have thrice gone 29-41, the worst mark to this point in team history: both halves of 2005 and the first half of last year. With a current winning percentage of .349, Frisco is on pace to finish 24-46 in the second half.

MAPLE LEAF MASHER:
Over the last 24 games, the Riders have hit just 11 home runs as a team. Five of those have come off the bat of KELLIN DEGLAN, including a grand slam. On August 3 against Midland, he had his first two-homer game since June 24, 2014 with Class-A Hickory. Deglan has hit nine long balls this year, which leads all players on the active roster. Those homers have come in surges, though. The Canadian catcher went homerless in the months of April and June but hit two jacks in May, two more in a six-game span in July, and this stretch of five in 12 games played in which he has hit .237 (9-for-38) with a double, five HR, and 14 RBI.

NOTHING BUT GOOSE EGGS:
Sunday’s shutout loss in Midland was the 17th time that Frisco has been shut out this season (most in the Texas League) and already the fifth time this month. The 17 shutout defeats is the most in Double-A and tied is now the most in team history (2009, 15). Brevard County and Palm Beach in the Florida State League are tied for the most shutout losses in the minors with 21; Frisco is tied for the fourth-most, also behind Durham (18), and the club is tied with Beloit (17).

OPPOSING STARTER:
22-year-old Trent Thornton makes his first appearance of the season against the RoughRiders tonight. He was promoted to Double-A on July 23 from Class A-Advanced Lancaster. In his time with the JetHawks, he was 7-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 17 outings. Since joining the Hooks, he’s made seven starts and allowed more than two earned runs just once (5, 8/6 at MID). Thornton was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 draft out of the University of North Carolina, where he was a consensus freshman All-American in 2013. REPERTOIRE: Fastball (86-91), curveball, changeup.

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Corpus Christi (8/30)

GAME #132 (2nd HALF GAME #63)

Frisco RoughRiders (60-71 overall, 22-40 2nd half) vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (80-53, 33-30 2nd half)
Tuesday, August 30 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
—————————————–

Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Ryan Rouillard)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Barnett and Rouillard)
Live stats: Click here
—————————————–
This series: Game 1 of 4
This season: Game 29 of 32 (Hooks lead 17-11)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Joe Jackson – LF
  2. Eduard Pinto – RF
  3. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 2B
  4. Andy Ibanez – 3B
  5. Luis Marte – SS
  6. Alexeis Bell – DH
  7. Edwin Garcia – 1B
  8. Darin Mastroianni – CF
  9. Carson Blair – C

RHP Colby Lewis (0-0, 3.38 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Sunday at Midland (L, 5-0)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Andy Ibanez and Alexeis Bell (part one)

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
Managing just four baserunners and none in scoring position, the Riders were blanked 5-0 on Sunday afternoon by the Midland RockHounds…Frisco mustered singles in the first, third, and eighth and drew a walk in the fourth…Heath Fillmyer shut down the Riders across five innings, and three Midland relievers combined for the final four frames…The RockHounds scored an unearned run off of Reed Garrett in the third inning and plated four runs, three earned, in the fifth..Brett Vertigan led the way, going 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double, and three RBI.

LEWIS WORKING WAY BACK WITH FRISCO:
Rangers right-handed pitcher COLBY LEWIS continues a Major League rehabilitation assignment the RoughRiders today after throwing 44 pitches in 2 2/3 innings of work on Wednesday. The righty allowed a run on four hits and one walk. Lewis is recovering from a strained right lat muscle.  Prior to the injury, he was one of the go-to arms in the Rangers rotation, posting a 6-1 record alongside a 3.21 ERA in 15 starts with Texas. He became the ninth rehabber to suit up with Frisco this season, joining pitchers YU DARVISHA.J. GRIFFINKEONE KELA, and TANNER SCHEPPERS; catchers CHRIS GIMENEZ and ROBINSON CHIRINOS; plus outfielders JOSH HAMILTON andSHIN-SOO CHOO.

THE PEN IS MIGHTIER:
Although the Riders went 0-6 on the recent road trip, the bullpen was one of the bright spots. In the six contests, the bullpen covered a lot of innings and has performed admirably with a 2.05 ERA (5 ER / 22 IP). The relievers struck out 22 and walked 10.  For the year, the bullpen has a 4.00 ERA with 480 strikeouts and 236 walks in 484.2 IP.

REELING IN SUCCESS AGAINST THE HOOKS:
The Riders have struggled much of the season series against Corpus Christi, losing 14 of 16 to the Hooks at one point. However, Frisco has won five of the last seven games against Corpus Christi, all on the road. In that stretch, the Riders are averaging 6.4 runs per game and hitting .259 as a team.

TIME TO END THE STREAK:
With six straight losses, the RoughRiders are in the midst of their second-longest losing skid of the season. Frisco’s lost five-or-more games consecutively four times now this year, with the longest losing streak of eight games coming May 24-June 1 against Springfield and Tulsa. Making the current slide even tougher to swallow is that Frisco has led in three of the six games, lost two games by two runs, and two in extra innings. Of the RoughRiders’ 40 second-half losses, the club has led in 18 of them, and 18 have been decided by two runs or fewer.

CHASING THE WRONG HISTORY:
The 2016 RoughRiders got off to one of the best starts in team history. The club had the best record through all but one of the first 45 games of the season, beginning the year an impressive 5-0, 9-1, 17-4, 21-6, and 30-13. Since then, however, the Riders have struggled in the win column. In fact, at 22-40, Frisco is on-pace for the worst half in team history. The Riders have thrice gone 29-41, the worst mark to this point in team history: both halves of 2005 and the first half of last year. With a current winning percentage of .355, Frisco is on pace to finish 25-45 in the second half.

DUCKS ON THE POND:
After hitting .322 (19-for-59) with runners in scoring position on the homestand, the Riders have struggled in those spots during the recent road trip. Frisco is just 5-for-32 (.156) with runners in scoring position in the series.

MAPLE LEAF MASHER:
Over the last 23 games, the Riders have hit just 11 home runs as a team. Five of those have come off the bat of KELLIN DEGLAN, including a grand slam. On August 3 against Midland, he had his first two-homer game since June 24, 2014 with Class-A Hickory. Deglan has hit nine long balls this year, which leads all players on the active roster. Those homers have come in surges, though. The Canadian catcher went homerless in the months of April and June but hit two jacks in May, two more in a six-game span in July, and this stretch of five in 12 games played in which he has hit .237 (9-for-38) with a double, five HR, and 14 RBI.

NOTHING BUT GOOSE EGGS:
Sunday’s shutout loss in Midland was the 17th time that Frisco has been shut out this season (most in the Texas League) and already the fifth time this month. The 17 shutout defeats is the most in Double-A and tied is now the most in team history (2009, 15). Brevard County and Palm Beach in the Florida State League are tied for the most shutout losses in the minors with 21; Frisco is tied for the fourth-most, also behind Durham (18), and the club is tied with Beloit (17).

OPPOSING STARTER:
Right-hander Cy Sneed faces the Riders for the sixth time this year and his fourth as a starter. Through 23.0 innings, he has a 1.57 ERA against the Riders, walking just five against 30 strikeouts. Most notably, Sneed picked up a career-high-tying 10 strikeouts across four innings in a relief outing at Dr Pepper Ballpark on June 23. Named after the great Cy Young, Sneed came to the Astros from the Brewers organization during the offseason in a trade for Jonathan Villlar…Sneed was a third-round draft pick of the Brewers in 2014 out of Dallas Baptist University. His arsenal includes a fastball in the low-mid 90s, a changeup, curveball and splitter…Cy’s older brother Zeb preceded him to pro ball as the Royals’ 11th-round pick in 2011

A night to remember in the Texas League

Crazy Night in TL

While the Riders-Drillers game last night wasn’t full of that much drama, it was quite the night elsewhere around the Texas League last night. All I can say is that it was a bonkers night in the circuit.

CORPUS CHRISTI vs. ARKANSAS

Typically, when you are one out away from a perfect game, you expect to win. Unfortunately for the Arkansas Travelers, that wasn’t the case last night. After six perfect innings from starter Alex Blackford and 1-2-3 frames from Edward Paredes and Victor Alcantara, Eduardo Paredes got the first two men he faced and went to a full count with Ramon Laureano.

He walked Laureano, so the perfect game was gone, but the no-hitter was still intact. That is, until Bobby Boyd singled in the next at-bat to end the no-no, but the 1-0 lead was still there. That is, until Nick Tanielu singled in the tying run and Paredes threw a walk-off wild pitch to give Corpus Christi the win, despite getting outhit 8-2 and coming a strike away from having a perfect game thrown against them.

MIDLAND at SPRINGFIELD

This wasn’t a perfect game bid, but Springfield’s Johnny Walter had a no-hitter through eight against the RockHounds. As he went back out for the ninth, he had a chance to finish a ninth inning of no-hit ball, but the game wouldn’t be over then because Springfield also hadn’t scored yet.

Walter’s no-hitter was broken up by leadoff man Danny Oh in the ninth, but that was only the beginning of the damage. Midland went on to score three runs in the top of the ninth and moved past a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to win 3-1. Walter, despite taking a no-hitter into the ninth, took the loss.

SAN ANTONIO vs. NORTHWEST ARKANSAS

San Antonio came one hit away from a no-hitter last night, although the drama was gone much earlier. The Missions allowed their only hit in the third inning. However, they too couldn’t get anything across until the bottom of the ninth when Franchy Cordero led off with a walk-off home run, just the fourth hit of the game for San Antonio. For those counting at home, that’s 10 walk-off wins for San Antonio (out of 47 total wins).

_____________________________________________________________________

To recap:

  • Both teams that took a no-hitter into the ninth inning last night ended up losing.
  • The winning teams in these three games last night had hit totals of four (SA), three (MID), and two (CC).
  • There were 23 total hits between the six teams. By comparison, Tulsa (13) and Frisco (9) combined for 22.
  • Seven of the eight runs scored in those three games came in the ninth inning.

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Mask work – The catcher’s duties

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders at Corpus Christi (7/15)

GAME #90 (2nd HALF GAME #21)

Frisco RoughRiders (45-44 overall, 7-13 2nd half) at Corpus Christi Hooks (58-32 overall, 11-9 second half)
Friday, July 15 – 7:05 p.m.
Whataburger Field – Corpus Christi, TX
—————————————–

Watch: MiLB.TV (Corpus Christi feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
—————————————–
This series: Game 2 of 4 (Hooks lead, 1-0)
This season: Game 22 of 32 (Hooks lead, 15-6)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

LHP Victor Payano (5-6, 4.01 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Thursday at Corpus Christi (W, 10-1)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: IF Andy Ibanez

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
Extending a three-run lead with seven runs in the ninth, the Riders won going away, 10-1, over the Corpus Christi Hooks on Thursday night at Whataburger Field…The team slammed three more home runs…ANDY IBANEZ put Frisco up early, 3-0, with a three-run shot in the third, and RONALD GUZMAN (solo HR) and LUIS MARTE (3R HR) added longballs in the ninth…CONNOR SADZECK worked six innings of one-run ball, and the bullpen of LUKE JACKSONJASON RICHMAN, and JOSE VALDESPINA held the Hooks scoreless over the final three frames.

QUALITY OVER QUANTITY:
For just the third time in the last 12 games, the Riders got a six-plus-inning start from a starter with CONNOR SADECKtossing six-frames of one-run ball. Frisco has received just three such starts in the last 20 games but the club’s starters have back-to-back six-plus-inning starts with FRANK LOPEZ lasting 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday. Frisco’s back-to-back six-or-more inning starts marks the first time since May 22-23 when YU DARVISH and LUIS ORTIZ each fired six innings at home against the San Antonio Missions.

SOMEBODY PAID THE POWER BILL:
The RoughRiders recently went through a shortage of power hitting, but appear to be on the way back up. The RoughRiders hit three home runs last night, four home runs Sunday and Monday, and three on Saturday. Frisco has 16 homers in the last six games after hitting just one in the previous 11. The 15 home runs for Frisco in the last five games is a club record in a five-game stretch, while the 16 longballs in six games is tied for a franchise-best. Frisco currently leads the Texas League with 17 July homers, four more than the next closest team (Springfield, 13).

BOOMING BURG:
ALEX BURG is one of the hottest hitters in the league. The 28-year-old reached for the seventh straight game with a walk last night, but collected three hits and drove in both Frisco runs on Wednesday night, homering for the third time in four games. Saturday Saturday, Burg’s 1.349 OPS is second in the Texas League and eighth in Double-A. He’s doubled once, hit three homers, driving in four, and earned a pair of walks.

BRINSON IS BACK:
After spending the past few weeks on the disabled list, outfielder LEWIS BRINSON returned to the RoughRiders last Wednesday and has gone 13-for-36 (.361) in his first eight games back, including a 2-for-5 mark last night with a double and a run scored. Brinson went 4-for-6 Monday afternoon and homered in three straight games, Saturday through Monday. His 1.160 OPS since coming back is the sixth-highest in the league. He was placed on the DL June 12 (retroactive to June 10) and missed a total of 21 games. The Riders went 7-14 in Brinson’s absence.

KINER KEEPS GETTING ON:
Though he struggled in his first few games back from the disabled list, Riders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA is back in the groove of where he was before landing on the DL in late May. He has reached base in 13 straight games, a season-long. He has hits in 11 of those games and has reached safely in 23 of his 55 plate appearances, a .418 OBP in that span (14 hits, seven walks, two HBP). Kiner-Falefa’s .363 on-base percentage is 6th-best in the Texas League and best on the team among qualified players.

SLACK BACK ON TRACK:
Reliever RYNE SLACK is in the midst of a roller coaster season. He has worked four consecutive scoreless outings, covering 6 1/3 innings of work. The southpaw started the season with nine straight scoreless outings (14.1 IP), garnering Rangers Minor League Reliever of the Month in April for his work. However, Slack allowed 15 runs in his next 10 appearances (10.1 IP) before this more recent promising run.

RANGERS RIDE TO FRISCO:
Already this season, nine Rangers have donned a RoughRiders uniform for at least one game. Seven of those have been rehabbers. The Riders also welcomed rehabbers JOSH HAMILTON, SHIN-SOO CHOO, ROBINSON CHIRINOS, CHRIS GIMENEZ, and A.J. GRIFFIN earlier in the year. Currently, the Riders have LUKE JACKSON who was optioned to Frisco directly from Texas. Additionally, two players who are currently with the Rangers (RHPs MATT BUSH and JOSE LECLERC) started the year on the Riders roster. KEONE KELA was activated by Texas today, and YU DARVISH is expected to come off the DL start and tomorrow for the Rangers at Wrigley Field.

OPPOSING STARTER:
The Canadian-born left-hander was taken by Houston in the 10th round in 2010 out of Sinclair Secondary School in Whitby, Ontario…As a member of the Canada Junior National team, he played against the GCL Astros in 2009…In five games, three starts, Grills went 3-1 with a 3.47 ERA for High-A Lancaster with an extraordinarily low BABIP (.197)…Grills has excelled in a transition to Double-A, making the Mid-Season All-Star Game as a late replacement, going 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA prior to the All-Star Game in eight games, five starts…The lefty was crushed in his last start, however, allowing a career-high 11 hits, 11 runs, all earned, and six home runs at Springfield…REPERTOIRE: He throws a upper 80s to low 90s fastball, a curveball (74-76), and changeup (70-73), which is his out pitch.

 

Saddle Up: Riders at Corpus Christi (7/14)

GAME #89 (2nd HALF GAME #20)

Frisco RoughRiders (44-44 overall, 6-13 2nd half) at Corpus Christi Hooks (58-31 overall, 11-8 second half)
Thursday, July 14 – 7:05 p.m.
Whataburger Field – Corpus Christi, TX
—————————————–

Watch: MiLB.TV (Corpus Christi feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
—————————————–
This series: Game 2 of 4 (Hooks lead, 1-0)
This season: Game 22 of 32 (Hooks lead, 15-6)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Lewis Brinson – CF
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ryan Cordell – LF
  4. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  5. Alex Burg – DH
  6. Preston Beck – RF
  7. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – C
  8. Luis Mendez – 3B
  9. Luis Marte – SS

RHP Connor Sadzeck (8-2, 3.19 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Wednesday vs. Corpus Christi (L, 4-2)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: C/IF Alex Burg

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders led for the most of the game on Wednesday night but fell behind in the seventh inning and dropped a 4-2 decision to the Corpus Christi Hooks…ALEX BURG homered and singled in a run to put Frisco ahead in the third, while FRANK LOPEZ limited to Hooks to one run over the first 6 2/3 innings…Leaving two men on base however, Lopez would go on to suffer the loss…JOE FILOMENO came on and walked the first man he faced before a pop-up in short right-center field fell for a double and drove in three runs to put the Hooks ahead for good…Frisco went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

LOSING LATE LEADS:
For most of the season, the RoughRiders have been sensational at holding leads, but that has changed over the last three games. The RoughRiders led after six innings last night but lost. On Sunday, the club lead 6-3 after eight innings but fell 8-6 in an extra-inning affair. Prior to Sunday, the club was 32-2 when leading after six and 32-0 when leading after eight. Going into Saturday’s game, the RoughRiders had blown six saves all year but have blown three in the last four games, including one last night. The team’s nine blown saves (20-of-29), however, are still the lowest total in the league, one better than Corpus Christi (39-of-49) and San Antonio (17-for-27).

BAYSIDE BATTLES:
Coming off 12 straight games against North Division opponents, the Riders and Hooks reacquaint themselves during this series at Whataburger field. Entering the day eight games out of first place, and five back of second-place Corpus Christi, the next run of 11 games could prove pivotal for the Riders’ chances in capturing a playoff berth. Frisco plays seven of its next 11 games at Corpus Christi’s Whataburger Field. Frisco trails the season series 15-6, has lost seven of the last eight games, 14 of the last 16, and six straight at Corpus Christi.

A SERIES WIN! A SERIES WIN!:
For the first time in nine series, the Riders captured a series win on Monday. Taking a rubber game for the first time this season, the Riders beat the Naturals two games to one, snapping an eight-series  winless streak (0-5-3). Frisco started the year winning six of the first nine series (6-1-2). The win in the set was the first for the Riders since June 3-5 vs. Springfield, when the Riders won the first two games of the three-game set. The Springfield series also marked the last time that the RoughRiders won consecutive games (6/3 and 6/4), which the Riders failed to do last night.

SOMEBODY PAID THE POWER BILL:
The RoughRiders recently went through a shortage of power hitting, but appear to be on the way back up. The RoughRiders hit four home runs Sunday and Monday, the first time they’ve done so since May 16 of last season vs. Corpus Christi. Frisco has 14 homers in the last five games after hitting just one in the previous 11. The 11 homers in the three-game series with Northwest Arkansas were the most in a series this year.

BRINSON IS BACK:
After spending the past few weeks on the disabled list, outfielder LEWIS BRINSON returned to the RoughRiders last Wednesday and has gone 11-for-31 (.355) in his first seven games back, despite going 0-for-5 yesterday. Brinson went 4-for-6 Monday afternoon and homered in three straight games. His 1.186 OPS since coming back is the sixth-highest in the league. He was placed on the DL June 12 (retroactive to June 10) and missed a total of 21 games. The Riders went 7-14 in Brinson’s absence.

KINER KEEPS GETTING ON:
Though he struggled in his first few games back from the disabled list, Riders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA is back in the groove of where he was before landing on the DL in late May. He has reached base in 12 straight games, a new season-long. He has hits in 10 of those games and has reached safely in 20 of his 51 plate appearances (39%) in that span (13 hits, five walks, two HBP). Kiner-Falefa’s .357 on-base percentage is 9th-best in the Texas League and second on the team among qualified players (RONALD GUZMAN, .362).

SLACK BACK ON TRACK:
Reliever RYNE SLACK is in the midst of a roller coaster season. He has worked four consecutive scoreless outings, covering 6 1/3 innings of work. The southpaw started the season with nine straight scoreless outings (14.1 IP), garnering Rangers Minor League Reliever of the Month in April for his work. However, Slack allowed 15 runs in his next 10 appearances (10.1 IP).

RANGERS RIDE TO FRISCO:
Already this season, nine Rangers have donned a RoughRiders uniform for at least one game. Seven of those have been rehabbers, including YU DARVISH and KEONE KELA, who are both currently with the squad. The Riders also welcomed rehabbers JOSH HAMILTON, SHIN-SOO CHOO, ROBINSON CHIRINOS, CHRIS GIMENEZ, and A.J. GRIFFIN earlier in the year. Currently, the Riders have two players (RHPs LUKE JACKSON and NICK MARTINEZ) who were optioned to Frisco directly from Texas. Additionally, two players who are currently with the Rangers (RHPs MATT BUSH and JOSE LECLERC) started the year on the Riders roster.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Francis Martes, the top pitching prospect in the Houston farm system, makes his fifth appearance against the RoughRiders this year. The RoughRiders have given Martes his two roughest outings of the year, touching him up for 10 earned runs in 3.0 innings, good for an ERA of 30.00, in those two appearances. However, Martes has made back-to-back quality starts against the Riders, including a seven-inning scoreless gem his last time against Frisco on June 25. Martes came to the Astros from the Marlins organization in a multi-player trade at the 2014 deadline. REPERTOIRE: Fastball (mid-90s), curveball, changeup.

Saddle Up: Riders at Corpus Christi (7/13/16)

GAME #88 (2nd HALF GAME #19)

Frisco RoughRiders (44-43 overall, 6-12 2nd half) at Corpus Christi Hooks (57-31 overall, 10-8 second half)
Wednesday, July 13 – 7:05 p.m.
Whataburger Field – Corpus Christi, TX
—————————————–

Watch: MiLB.TV (Corpus Christi feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
—————————————–
This series: Game 1 of 4
This season: Game 21 of 32 (Hooks lead, 14-6)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

LHP Frank Lopez (4-3, 5.21 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Monday vs. Northwest Arkansas (W, 15-9)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Outfielder Lewis Brinson

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

 LAST TIME OUT:Hitting four homers and tallying 17 hits, the Riders scored a season-high 15 runs in a 15-9 win over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, taking the series two games to one…LEWIS BRINSON homered for the third straight game and collected four base hits…RYAN CORDELL and PRESTON BECK both homered for the second straight game, and JOE JACKSON collected three hits…Frisco scored eight runs in the first inning, and the Naturals got as close as three runs (10-7), before the Riders scored five of the final seven runs.

BAYSIDE BATTLES:
Coming off 12 straight games against North Division opponents, the Riders and Hooks reacquaint themselves tonight at Whataburger field. Entering the day seven games out of first place, and four back of second-place Corpus Christi, the next run of 12 games could prove pivotal for the Riders’ chances in capturing a playoff berth. Frisco plays eight of its next 12 games at Corpus Christi’s Whataburger Field. Frisco trails the season series 6-14, has lost six of the last seven games, and 13 of the last 15, including five straight at Corpus Christi.

A SERIES WIN! A SERIES WIN!:
For the first time in nine series, the Riders captured a series win on Monday. Taking a rubber game for the first time this season, the Riders beat the Naturals two games to one, snapping an eight-series  winless streak (0-5-3). Frisco started the year winning six of the first nine series (6-1-2). The win in the set was the first for the Riders since June 3-5 vs. Springfield, when the Riders won the first two games of the three-game set. The Springfield series also marked the last time that the RoughRiders won consecutive games (6/3 and 6/4), which they can do with a win today.

RIDING HIGH, SEASON-HIGHS THAT IS:
Frisco set numerous season-highs on Monday in the slugfest over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. The club posted bests in runs (15), hits (17), runs in an inning (8, 1st), and tied the most home runs hit in a game (4). Frisco also drew a season-best five walks and brought a season-most 12 men to the plate in the first inning. LEWIS BRINSON matched a team-best four hits in one game for an individual, which included a home run. The 24 runs and 27 hits combined were also the most in a single game this year.

SOMEBODY PAID THE POWER BILL:
The RoughRiders recently went through a shortage of power hitting, but appear to be on the way back up. The RoughRiders hit four home runs Sunday and Monday, the first time they’ve done so since May 16 of last season vs. Corpus Christi. Frisco has 12 homers in the last four games after hitting just one in the previous 11. The 11 homers in the three-game series with Northwest Arkansas were the most in a series this year. Additionally, 20 of the Riders’ 45 hits the last four games are extra-base hits after just 14 XBHs out of 97 total during the previous 11 contests.

BRINSON IS BACK:
After spending the past few weeks on the disabled list, outfielder LEWIS BRINSON returned to the RoughRiders last Wednesday and has gone 11-for-26 (.423) in his first six games back. Brinson went 4-for-6 Monday afternoon and has homered each of the last three games. His 1.406 OPS since coming back is the third-highest in the league. He was placed on the DL June 12 (retroactive to June 10) and missed a total of 21 games. The Riders went 7-14 in Brinson’s absence.

THE FUTURE WAS SUNDAY:
Riders infielder RONALD GUZMAN participated in the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game Sunday in San Diego. Guzman started at first base and went 0-for-1 with a walk and a flyout. The lefty slugger is hitting .298 (second in the Texas League) with 11 homers and 40 RBI in 81 games. The Texas League Mid-Season All-Star was one of two Rangers farmhands selected to the game, joining infielder Travis Demeritte (Class A-Advanced High Desert). On the inactive list Saturday through Monday, Guzman returns today.

KINER KEEPS GETTING ON:
Though he struggled in his first few games back from the disabled list, Riders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA is back in the groove of where he was before landing on the DL in late May. He has reached base in 11 straight games, a new season-long. He has hits in nine of those games and has reached safely in 19 of his 47 plate appearances (40%) in that span (12 hits, five walks, two HBP). Kiner-Falefa’s .359 on-base percentage is 6th-best in the Texas League and second on the team among qualified players (RONALD GUZMAN, .363).

SLACK BACK ON TRACK:
Reliever RYNE SLACK is in the midst of a roller coaster season. He has worked four consecutive scoreless outings, covering 6 1/3 innings of work. The southpaw started the season with nine straight scoreless outings (14.1 IP), garnering Rangers Minor League Reliever of the Month in April for his work. However, Slack allowed 15 runs in his next 10 appearances (10.1 IP).

RANGERS RIDE TO FRISCO:
Already this season, nine Rangers have donned a RoughRiders uniform for at least one game. Seven of those have been rehabbers, including YU DARVISH and KEONE KELA, who are both currently with the squad. The Riders also welcomed rehabbers JOSH HAMILTON, SHIN-SOO CHOO, ROBINSON CHIRINOS, CHRIS GIMENEZ, and A.J. GRIFFIN earlier in the year. Currently, the Riders have two players (RHPs LUKE JACKSON and NICK MARTINEZ) who were optioned to Frisco directly from Texas. Additionally, two players who are currently with the Rangers (RHPs MATT BUSH and JOSE LECLERC) started the year on the Riders roster.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Right-hander Cy Sneed, named after the great Cy Young, came to the Astros from the Brewers organization during the offseason in a trade for Jonathan Villlar…Sneed was a third-round draft pick of the Brewers in 2014 out of Dallas Baptist University. His arsenal includes a fastball in the low-mid 90s, a changeup, curveball and splitter…Cy’s older brother Zeb preceded him to pro ball as the Royals’ 11th-round pick in 2011.

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Corpus Christi (6/26)

GAME #75 (2nd HALF GAME #6)

Frisco RoughRiders (40-34 overall, 2-3 2nd half) vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (50-25, 3-2)
Sunday, June 26 – 6:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
—————————————–

Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
—————————————–
This series: Game 4 of 4 (Hooks lead, 2-1)
This season: Game 20 of 32 (Hooks lead, 13-6)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – C
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  4. Ryan Cordell – CF
  5. Preston Beck – RF
  6. Joe Jackson – LF
  7. Alex Burg – DH
  8. Luis Mendez – 3B
  9. Alberto Triunfel – SS

RHP Reed Garrett (2-1, 4.62 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Saturday vs. Corpus Christi (L, 3-0)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Manager Joe Mikulik

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders were shut out 3-0 on Saturday night by the Corpus Christi Hooks…Francis Martes tossed a career-high-tying seven innings of shutout ball and Aaron West went the final two frames…Frisco held the Hooks silent until the sixth but allowed a run in the sixth, eighth, and ninth to drop the contest…In his final start before the All-Star break, VICTOR PAYANOtossed three hitless innings…RONALD GUZMAN and LUIS MENDEZ both posted multi-hit nights…Frisco went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

CALMED BY CORPUS:
The RoughRiders were shut out last night for the ninth time this year, which leads the Texas League. It was the third time that the Riders have been blanked by the Hooks this season. Frisco’s also been shut out by Arkansas (once), San Antonio (once), Springfield (twice), and Tulsa (twice). The Hooks meanwhile lead the Texas League in shut out wins, having silenced their opponents ten times this year, two ahead of second-place Midland and Tulsa.

BY THE SKIN OF THEIR TEETH:
The RoughRiders have become very familiar with playing in close games lately. All four games in the last series against Midland were decided by a single run, and the first two games of this series against Corpus Christi have also been one-run contests. During the month of June, 14 of the Riders’ 25 games have been decided by two runs or less. On the season, Frisco is 17-11 in one-run games and 6-5 in two-run contests. The 28 one-run games the Riders have played is tied for most in the Texas League (with Corpus and Midland).

THE SPRINGFIELD SEVEN:
Last Tuesday, the Texas League announced its midseason all-stars and seven RoughRiders earned all-star honors. InfielderRONALD GUZMAN and outfielder RYAN CORDELL  were both named starters, while outfielder PRESTON BECK and catcher ISIAH KINER-FALEFA earned reserve spots. Starting pitchers CONNOR SADZECK and VICTOR PAYANO, along with reliever ADAM PARKS also were named mid-season all-stars. It was the sixth-straight year the RoughRiders had at least seven players named to the All-Star Game, and Frisco’s seven selections were third-most in the Texas League, behind Tulsa (nine) and Corpus Christi (nine). Additionally, Guzman was selected to participate in Tuesday’s Home Run Derby. The 2016 Texas League All-Star Game also takes place Tuesday in Springfield, Missouri.

BEGINNER’S LUCK:
In his first 18 games with the RoughRiders, ANDY IBANEZ has already had hits in 13 games. Despite getting off to a slow start in Double-A (3-for-his-first-27 at-bats), Ibanez’s first three hits all drove in runs. Ibanez just lost an 11-game hit streak, which included a home run, three RBI, and three multi-hit games, going 0-for-4 last night.

BECK BUSTING OUT:
PRESTON BECK has become a key contributor for the Riders over the last month. The Dallas-native has reached base in 31 of his last 36 games, including on-base streaks of 14 (5/13-6/1) and seven (6/3-6/13) games. He has hit six doubles, two triples, three home runs, and driven in 13 runs in that span.

CORDELL COMES BACK CRUSHING:
RoughRiders outfielder RYAN CORDELL broke out of his longest homerless stretch of the season last Tuesday in a big way, hitting a pair of solo home runs in a 5-4 win over Midland. It was his second multi-home run game of the season, both of which have come against the RockHounds. After hitting 10 home runs in his first 35 games, Cordell went homerless in 26 straight games (90 at-bats) from May 16 through June 13 before his big day last Tuesday. Since then, he has continued to keep up the pace with five home runs in his last 50 at-bats.

RANGERS ON REHAB:
Thanks to their geographic proximity to Arlington, the Riders have already had a handful of Rangers join the squad on Major League rehabilitation assignments this season. A.J. GRIFFIN made his third rehab start with Frisco Sunday and was activated by Texas last night. He was the sixth rehabber to suit up for the RoughRiders this season. The list also includes catchers CHRIS GIMENEZ and ROBINSON CHIRINOS, outfielders JOSH HAMILTON and SHIN-SOO CHOO, and right-handed pitcher YU DARVISH.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Former UNC Tar Heel Kent Emanuel makes is fifth start and sixth outing of the year today, and first against Frisco…The Astros’ third-rounder from the 2013 draft, Emanuel had a tremendous three-run run with UNC, including ACC Pitcher of the Year honors in 2013, his Junior season, and posted a 2.52 ERA as a collegiate pitcher, working three years as a starter…Emanuel underwent Tommy John surgery in June of last year, and came back in less than a year…Working with good command (1.8 BB/9IP), Emanuel throws a low 90s fastball, a curve, and changeup.

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Deposit the pill – To hit the ball a long distance.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Corpus Christi (6/25)

GAME #74 (2nd HALF GAME #5)

Frisco RoughRiders (40–33 overall, 2-2 2nd half) vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (49-25, 2-2 2nd half)
Saturday, June 25 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
—————————————–

Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
—————————————–
This series: Game 3 of 4 (Series tie, 1-1)
This season: Game 19 of 32 (Hooks lead, 12-6)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – SS
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  4. Ryan Cordell – CF
  5. Preston Beck – RF
  6. Joe Jackson – LF
  7. Alex Burg – DH
  8. Kellin Deglan – C
  9. Luis Mendez – 3B

LHP Victor Payano (5-4, 3.57 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Friday vs. Corpus Christi (W, 8-7)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: IF Isiah Kiner-Falefa

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

 LAST TIME OUT:Once down 5-1, the RoughRiders stormed back to knock off Corpus Christi 8-7…The Riders took the lead with a four-run seventh inning. ALEX BURG knocked in three runs with a bases-clearing double to right-center field to put Frisco ahead 8-6. Burg finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and tied a career-high with four RBI…FRANK LOPEZ helped keep the Riders in the game, working 4/13 strong innings in relief of CONNOR SADZECKJOSE VALDESPINA worked the final two innings to earn his second straight save and third of the season…Six players had a multi-hit game, including three hits from Burg.

BY THE SKIN OF THEIR TEETH:
The RoughRiders have become very familiar with playing in close games lately. All four games in the last series against Midland were decided by a single run, and the first two games of this series against Corpus Christi have also been one-run contests. During the month of June, 14 of the Riders’ 24 games have been decided by two runs or less. On the season, Frisco is 17-11 in one-run games and 6-5 in two-run contests. The 28 one-run games the Riders have played is tied for most in the Texas League (with Corpus and Midland).

THE SPRINGFIELD SEVEN:
Last Tuesday, the Texas League announced its midseason all-stars and seven RoughRiders earned all-star honors. InfielderRONALD GUZMAN and outfielder RYAN CORDELL  were both named starters, while outfielder PRESTON BECK and catcher ISIAH KINER-FALEFA earned reserve spots. Starting pitchers CONNOR SADZECK and VICTOR PAYANO, along with reliever ADAM PARKS also were named mid-season all-stars. It was the sixth-straight year the RoughRiders had at least seven players named to the All-Star Game, and Frisco’s seven selections were third-most in the Texas League, behind Tulsa (nine) and Corpus Christi (nine). Additionally, Guzman was selected to participate in Tuesday’s Home Run Derby. The 2016 Texas League All-Star Game also takes place Tuesday in Springfield, Missouri.

DOWN, BUT NEVER OUT:
The RoughRiders’ comeback from a four-run deficit last night matched the largest one of the season. The Riders have rallied to win three times when trailing by four runs this season, including twice against Corpus Christi. Overall, Frisco has tallied 22 come-from-behind victories this season (55% of team’s total wins), and the last six RoughRiders wins have been in comeback fashion.

BEGINNER’S LUCK:
In his first 18 games with the RoughRiders, ANDY IBANEZ has already had hits in 13 games. Despite getting off to a slow start in Double-A (3-for-his-first-27 at-bats), Ibanez’s first three hits all drove in runs. Ibanez now has a hit in each of his last 11 games, including a home run, three RBI, and three multi-hit games.

BECK BUSTING OUT:
PRESTON BECK has become a key contributor for the Riders over the last month. The Dallas-native has reached base in 30 of his last 35 games, including on-base streaks of 14 (5/13-6/1) and seven (6/3-6/13) games. He has hit six doubles, two triples, three home runs, and driven in 13 runs in that span.

CORDELL COMES BACK CRUSHING:
RoughRiders outfielder RYAN CORDELL broke out of his longest homerless stretch of the season last Tuesday in a big way, hitting a pair of solo home runs in a 5-4 win over Midland. It was his second multi-home run game of the season, both of which have come against the RockHounds. After hitting 10 home runs in his first 35 games, Cordell went homerless in 26 straight games (90 at-bats) from May 16 through June 13 before his big day last Tuesday. Since then, he has continued to keep up the pace with five home runs in his last 46 at-bats.

RANGERS ON REHAB:
Thanks to their geographic proximity to Arlington, the Riders have already had a handful of Rangers join the squad on Major League rehabilitation assignments this season. A.J. GRIFFIN made his third rehab start with Frisco Sunday and was the sixth rehabber to suit up for the RoughRiders this season. The list also includes catchers CHRIS GIMENEZ and ROBINSON CHIRINOS, outfielders JOSH HAMILTON and SHIN-SOO CHOO, and right-handed pitcher YU DARVISH.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Francis Martes, the top pitching prospect in the Houston farm system, makes his fourth appearance against the RoughRiders this year. The RoughRiders have given Martes his two roughest outings of the year, touching him up for 10 earned runs in 3.0 innings, good for an ERA of 30.00, in those two appearances. However, Martes earned his first win over the Riders this season last Wednesday, going 6 1/3 innings and giving up three runs on five hits. Martes came to the Astros from the Marlins organization in a multi-player trade at the 2014 deadline. REPERTOIRE: Fastball (mid-90s), curveball, changeup.