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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
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Corpus Christi feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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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
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Corpus Christi feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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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
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Corpus Christi feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Corpus Christi (6/24)

GAME #73 (2nd HALF GAME #4)

Frisco RoughRiders (39-33 overall, 1-2 2nd half) vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (49-24, 2-1 2nd half)
Friday, June 24 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
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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
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This series: Game 2 of 4 (Hooks lead, 1-0)
This season: Game 18 of 32 (Hooks lead, 12-5)

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

RHP Connor Sadzeck (6-2, 3.18 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Thursday vs. Corpus Christi (L, 3-2)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: RHP Ryan Ledbetter

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The Riders hit a pair of solo home runs but came up short in a 3-2 loss to Corpus Christi Thursday night…Frisco got on the board in the first inning on the 15th long ball of the year from RYAN CORDELL…Trailing 2-1 in the fourth, JOE JACKSONlaunched a solo home run to tie the game 2-2…After giving up two runs in the first inning, LUIS ORTIZ retired 10 consecutive hitters and 13 of the final 17. Ortiz went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts, and took no decision for the second straight starts…Chase McDonald his his 12th home run to put Corpus Christi ahead 3-2 for good.

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 last night’s series opener against Corpus Christi was a one-run game as well. During the month of June, 13 of the Riders’ 23 games have been decided by two runs or less. On the season, Frisco is 16-11 in one-run games and 6-5 in two-run contests.

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). The 2016 Texas League All-Star Game takes place next Tuesday in Springfield, Missouri.

BEGINNER’S LUCK:
In his first 17 games with the RoughRiders, ANDY IBANEZ has already had hits in 12 games. Despite getting off to a slow start in Double-A, Ibanez’s first three hits all drove in runs. Ibanez now has a hit in each of his last 10 games, including a home run, three RBI, and two 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 29 of his last 34 games, including on-base streaks of 14 (5/13-6/1) and seven (6/3-6/13) games. He has hit five doubles, two triples, three home runs, and driven in 13 runs in that span.

EATEN UP BY ERRORS:
For most of the season, the RoughRiders have been one of the best defensive teams in the Texas League. However, in the last 18 games, the RoughRiders have committed 20 errors (1.1 per game), leading to 18 unearned runs. By comparison, they had committed just 37 errors in the first 54 games (0.69 per game). EVAN VAN HOOSIER, who played his first five career games at third base last week, made four of the 13 errors as he was adjusting to playing the new position. ANDY IBANEZ has accounted for three of the miscues in that span, and LUIS SILVA made two blunders in his stateside debut on Sunday.

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 43 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 is 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:
Right-hander Keegan Yuhl makes his third appearance against the RoughRiders this season. Frisco has tallied five runs and 11 hits off Yuhl in 10 1/3 innings pitched. Yuhl is currently on a seven-game win streak, pacing the staff for most wins this season, and he has not lost a game since April 19 at Springfield. The Del Mar, California native was selected by the Astros in the 35th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. Last Tuesday, Yuhl was named to the Texas League South Division All-Star team. REPERTOIRE: Fastball, changeup, slider.

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Corpus Christi (6/23/16)

GAME #72 (2nd HALF GAME #3)

Frisco RoughRiders (39-32 overall, 1-1 2nd half) vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (48-24, 1-1 2nd half)
Thursday, June 23 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
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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
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This series: Game 1 of 4 (Riders lead, 2-1)
This season: Game 17 of 32 (Hooks lead, 10-5)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Preston Beck – RF
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ryan Cordell – CF
  4. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  5. Joe Jackson – C
  6. Alberto Triunfel – SS
  7. Kellin Deglan – C
  8. Chris Garia – LF
  9. Luis Silva – 3B

RHP Luis Ortiz (1-3, 3.04 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Wednesday at Midland: (L, 2-1 – 10 innings)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Infielder Alberto Triunfel

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

 LAST TIME OUT:Although the Riders led 1-0 early, Midland came back to win the series finale 2-1 in 10 innings…RONALD GUZMAN hit his 10th home run of the season in the top of the fourth as the Riders got on the board first for the second consecutive game…With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th, Midland loaded the bases with a trio of walks against RYNE SLACKwith no outs. JASON RICHMAN entered the game and recorded the first out, but he issued a four-pitch walk to Josh Rodriguez that allowed Brett Vertigan to score the winning run…For the first time in six starts as a RoughRider, YOHANDER MENDEZ did not make it through five frames. The southpaw departed the game after 4 2/3 innings, once he gave up the tying run on Viosergy Rosa’s two-out RBI single.

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. During the month of June, 12 of the Riders’ 22 games have been decided by two runs or less. On the season, Frisco is 16-10 in one-run games and 6-5 in two-run contests.

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). The 2016 Texas League All-Star Game takes place next Tuesday in Springfield, Missouri.

BECK BUSTING OUT:
PRESTON BECK has become a key contributor for the Riders over the last month. The Dallas-native has reached base in 29 of his last 33 games, including on-base streaks of 14 (5/13-6/1) and seven (6/3-6/13) games. Over his last 32 games (since May 13), Beck is hitting .295 with five doubles, two triples, three home runs, and 13 RBI. He also sports a .348 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .443 in that span.

EATEN UP BY ERRORS:
For most of the season, the RoughRiders have been one of the best defensive teams in the Texas League. However, in the last 17 games, the RoughRiders have committed 19 errors (1.1 per game), leading to 18 unearned runs. By comparison, they had committed just 37 errors in the first 54 games (0.69 per game). EVAN VAN HOOSIER, who played his first five career games at third base last week, made four of the 13 errors as he was adjusting to playing the new position. ANDY IBANEZ has accounted for three of the miscues in that span, and LUIS SILVA made two blunders in his stateside debut on Sunday.

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. Cordell continued his recent surge with a 3-for-4 performance in game one of last Thursday’s doubleheader, including his 13th home run of the year. Friday, he hit his 14th homer and his first opposite-field shot of the year. He posted a multi-hit game Tuesday as well.

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 is 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:
Kyle Smith makes his sixth start of the season and second against Frisco, with the first coming back on April 21 at Whataburger Field…He has also pitched in seven games out of the bullpen, including two appearances against the Riders on May 14 and June 17…Smith was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the fourth round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft…Houston acquired the right-handed pitcher in exchange for outfielder Justin Maxwell at the trade deadline on July 31, 2013…Named a mid-season All-Star for Wilmington (Carolina League) in 2013 and Corpus Christi in 2014…Smith bypassed an opportunity to play at the University of Florida by signing with the Royals out of Santaluces High School in Lantana, Florida…Went 9-1 with a 0.40 ERA and 116 strikeouts over 69 innings as a senior…REPERTOIRE: Fastball (88-91, T93), curveball, and changeup.

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Corpus Christi (6/17/16)

GAME #66

Frisco RoughRiders (37-28) vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (43-23)
Friday, June 17 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Ryan Rouillard)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Barnett and Rouillard)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 4 of 5 (Hooks lead, 2-1)
This season: Games 15 of 32 (Hooks lead, 9-5)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Preston Beck – RF
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ryan Cordell – DH
  4. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  5. Joe Jackson – LF
  6. Alex Burg – 3B
  7. Kellin Deglan – C
  8. Alberto Triunfel – SS
  9. Chris Garia – CF

RHP Luis Ortiz (1-3, 3.57 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Thursday vs. Corpus Christi: (W, 4-3; L, 2-0)

Box Score: Game one / Game two
Recap: Game one / Game two
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: RHP Jake Shortslef

Coming soon. Listen to the interview live on the Dr Pepper Pregame Show around 6:45.

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:

The RoughRiders split a doubleheader against the Corpus Christi Hooks Thursday, winning game one 4-3 before dropping game two 2-0…GAME ONE: The RoughRiders fell behind 2-0 early on but took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third… PRESTON BECK drove in a run with an infield single and RYAN CORDELL smashed his 13th home run to put Frisco ahead 3-2…Corpus Christi tied the game on Conrad Gregor’s single in the sixth… In the ninth, KELLIN DEGLAN delivered a walk-off single to get the Riders the win…GAME TWO: Edison Frias dealt six shutout innings for Corpus Christi, surrendering just two infield hits to earn the victory… Alex Bregman’s two-run homer in the third proved to be the only runs the Hooks would need…The Hooks clinched the South Division’s first-half title with the victory.

THE SPRINGFIELD SEVEN:

Tuesday, the Texas League announced its midseason all-stars and seven RoughRiders earned all-star honors. Infielder RONALD 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). The 2016 Texas League All-Star Game takes place Tuesday, June 28 in Springfield, Missouri.

THAT WAS CLOSE:

The RoughRiders have consistently found themselves in close games over the last few weeks. 14 of the last 22 games (7-15) have been decided by three runs or fewer, including seven one-run games. On the season, 46 of Frisco’s 65 games have been decided by three or fewer, and the Riders have played in 22 one-run games (14-8), three behind league-leading Corpus Christi (16-9).

EATEN UP BY ERRORS:

For most of the season, the RoughRiders have been one of the best defensive teams in the Texas League. However, in the last 11 games, the RoughRiders have committed 13 errors (1.18 per game), leading to 15 unearned runs. By comparison, they had committed just 37 errors in the first 54 games (0.69 per game). EVAN VAN HOOSIER, who played his first five career games at third base last week, made four of the 13 errors as he adjusts to the new position. ANDY IBANEZ has accounted for three of the miscues in that span.

BECK BUSTING OUT:

PRESTON BECK’s walk-off home run Tuesday was his latest contribution in what’s been an impressive last month for the Dallas-native. Beck has reached base in 24 of his last 27 games, including on-base streaks of 14 (5/13-6/1) and seven (6/3-6/13) games. Over his last 27 games (since May 13), Beck is hitting .313 (seventh-best in the Texas League), with three doubles, two triples, three home runs, and 11 RBI. He also sports a .371 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .479 in that span. Beck qualified for the league leaderboard yesterday and enters the rankings with the seventh-best average in the circuit (.288).

 

South Division set for frantic race to the finish

June is here. Whether it feels like it’s already here or it’s finally here, the start of the year’s sixth month marks the beginning of the stretch run to the end of the first half.

Here’s a look at the South Division standings as we enter play today.

TEAM W L WIN % GB
Frisco 30 19 .612
Corpus Christi 30 20 .600 0.5
Midland 26 24 .520 4.5
San Antonio 16 34 .320 14.5

San Antonio is pretty much out of it, but the other three teams have a very legitimate shot of claiming the first-half crown and one of the two playoff spots from the South Division come September.

Corpus Christi was about as impressive in May as the Riders were in April. The Hooks finished the month 21-8, including a 6-0 record against the RoughRiders. Even as some of their stars get promoted to Triple-A or sent to the disabled list, the Hooks haven’t seemed to lose a beat. The Riders face off with Corpus Christi for their final five games of the first half June 15-18 at Dr Pepper Ballpark. At this rate, it looks like that series could go a long way in determining the first-half champion.

Of course, you can’t count out Midland yet either. The RockHounds have had an up-and-down kind of season up to this point, but still remain in striking distance of first place. Midland pitching continues to struggle, with the team ERA of 4.17 ranking second-to-last in the Texas League. That said, the bats are strong enough to keep them in the race. What’s hurt Midland most has been the loss of key contributors to Triple-A, including Ryon Healy, Jaycob Brugman, Aaron Kurcz, and Daniel Mengden. The Riders play their final two games of the first half in Midland, plus four other games in Frisco next week. If they can stay in the race, those series could also mean a lot toward deciding the first-half championship.

It’s hard to say if this will be a two- or three-horse race down the stretch, but either way, it should be a fun month of June in the South Division in the quest for a first-half title.

-Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Put a new handle on it – Time-tested advice given to a player who has just broken his bat.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders at Corpus Christi (5/15/16)

GAME #36
Frisco RoughRiders (23-12) at Corpus Christi Hooks (20-15)
Sunday, May 15 – 2:05 p.m.
Whataburger Field – Corpus Christi, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Corpus Christi feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 5 of 5 (Hooks lead, 4-0)
This season: Game 12 of 32 (Hooks lead, 7-4)

041416 Deglan, Kellin (Photo Credit - Frisco RoughRiders)

Catcher Kellin Deglan has thrown out three of the last five base stealers running against him.

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Reed Garrett (0-0, 5.03 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Saturday at Corpus Christi (L, 6-3)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

Highlight of the night: Garrett Weber goes yard in the ninth

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Manager Joe Mikulik

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:

Shut out until the ninth inning, the RoughRiders dropped game four of the five-game set with Corpus Christi 6-3…The Riders snapped a 19-inning scoreless drought with an RBI double from RONALD GUZMAN and a two-run homer by GARRETT WEBERDavid Paulino blanked Frisco over the first five innings, and Kyle Smith posted three perfect innings before the partial rally in the ninth by the Riders…Frisco needed five pitchers to complete their eight innings with only newcomersJASON RICHMAN and EMERSON MARTINEZ unscored upon…The Hooks scored two runs in the second, two in the fifth, and two in the eighth and loaded the bases in four different innings, leaving on 15 baserunners in eight innings.
BUSH IN THE BIGS:

After being on the Riders roster from Opening Day until Thursday, Matt Bush was promoted straight to the Major Leagues. The right-handed pitcher worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the Texas Rangers on Friday night against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. Bush struck out Josh Donaldson looking with a 97 mph fastball and then got Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion to pop out.

HOW SWEEP IT ISN’T:

After losing the first four games of this series, the RoughRiders are in danger of being swept for the first time this season. The Riders were last swept by Midland in the final series of last year (September 5-7). Frisco was last swept in a five-game series on July 6-10, 2005 against Corpus Christi.

DOUBLE TROUBLE:

The Riders were swept in Friday’s doubleheader, dropping both games to Corpus Christi and scoring just two runs in 14 innings. The last time Frisco dropped both games of a twinbill was last year on June 16 at Whataburger Field. The Riders were shut out in both games (2-0 and 5-0) and went on to lose all four games in the series.

PESKY HOOKS:

Corpus Christi is the only team in the Texas League with a winning record against the RoughRiders this season. In 11 meetings with the Hooks, Frisco is 4-7. The Riders have now dropped the last six contests after starting off 4-1 against Corpus Christi.

WHATABURGER WOES:

Of the seven road ballparks in the Texas League, the Riders have the worst overall record at Whataburger Field. Since the Hooks entered the league in 2005, Frisco has an 82-96 record (.461 winning percentage) in games at Corpus Christi. This season, the Riders are 2-5 at Whataburger and have lost five consecutive games there.

RIDING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS:

The 23-12 record ties the the 2008 squad for the best record through 35 games in team history. The 2008 RoughRiders finished with an 84-56 record and lost to Arkansas in the Texas League championship series.

GOING STREAKING:

RYAN CORDELL has been off to a great start in 2016, including a Texas League Player of the Week and Player of the Month honor. Although his 17-game hitting streak came to an end on May 2, he continued his on-base streak to an MiLB-leading 34 games yesterday by drawing a walk in the ninth inning. Dating back to the final three games of 2015, he has reached base in 37 straight contests.

STRIKEOUT FEVER:

After striking out 180 hitters in the first 23 games (7.8 SO/9 IP), Riders pitching has amassed 109 punchouts in the last 12 games (9.1 per game). In addition, three starters have set career-highs in single-game strikeouts recently (VICTOR PAYANO, 13; SAM WOLFF, 10; CONNOR SADZECK, 9).

“ONE”-DERFUL IN CLOSE GAMES:

Despite leading the Texas League in run differential (+38), Frisco has played in 11 one-run contests, winning seven, over the last 18 games. The Riders have an 8-5 record in games decided by one run this year and are 3-1 in games decided by two runs.

CUT THEM SOME SLACK:

Reliever RYNE SLACK saw an impressive stretch come to an end in the eighth inning of last night’s game. The southpaw began the season with 14 1/3 scoreless innings between April 8 and May 8 until the Hooks finally tagged him for two runs yesterday. Going into last night, Slack had also not allowed a hit in 11 2/3 innings of work. His .068 opposing average is still the best in the Texas League.

HOME IS WHERE THE ‘PEN IS:

Right-handed pitcher JOSE LECLERC has made a marked improvement since transitioning from the starting rotation to the bullpen. Leclerc had an ERA of 7.88 in two starts, but has allowed just two earned runs in 11.0 innings of relief, good for a 1.64 ERA.

KINER CAN CATCH:

RoughRiders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA has found a new skillset, and it comes from behind the plate. The 21-year-old is catching for the first time in his career this season, having made six starts behind the plate. The new position has worked incredibly well for Kiner-Falefa, who has caught the last three baserunners who have run on his watch. He had not allowed a passed ball for the first five games until allowing one in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader.

RANGER DANGER:

The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate with a winning record. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 89-52 (.631), which is the second-best winning percentage among all Minor League systems behind Cleveland. Every full-season affiliate in the organization has a record above .500, as Class A Hickory enters the day at 24-11, Class A-Advanced High Desert is 24-12, and Triple-A Round Rock is 18-17. Three of the four affiliates currently lead their respective divisions. Round Rock was recently ranked the fifth-best Minor League team (any level) by MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

TOP OF THE CLASS:

The RoughRiders enter the season with six players ranked in either Baseball America or MLBPipeline.com’s Rangers Top 30 Prospects. LEWIS BRINSON, the No. 2 prospect in Rangers’ farm system according to MLBPipeline.com and Baseball America, returns to Frisco. He appeared in 28 games for the Riders last season, hitting .291 with six home runs and 23 RBI before being promoted to Round Rock. Brinson is joined by five other players named in the lists—RYAN CORDELL (No. 15 in MLB, No. 11 in BA), RONALD GUZMAN (23, 29), JOSE LECLERC (25, 21), SAM WOLFF (26, NR), and CONNOR SADZECK (27, 26).

OPPOSING STARTER:

Lefty BRIAN HOLMES makes his fifth start of the season tonight, and his third appearance, second start, against Frisco.  In four outings against the Riders last year, he went 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA.  Selected by the Houston Astros in the 13th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Wake Forest University. … Pitched Wake Forest’s first no-hitter since 2000 when he recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts against Marshall on March 4, 2012. … Led the Demon Deacons with a 2.83 ERA as a junior. … His 2.91 career ERA ranks ninth in school history… REPERTOIRE: Fastball, curveball, slider, changeup, cutter.

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