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Saddle Up: Riders at Corpus Christi (5/14/16)

GAME #35
Frisco RoughRiders (23-11) at Corpus Christi Hooks (19-15)
Saturday, May 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 and Steve Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 4 of 5 (Hooks lead, 2-1)
This season: Game 11 of 32 (Hooks lead, 6-4)

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Ryan Cordell had two of Frisco’s six hits in the doubleheader Friday

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 3B
  2. Lewis Brinson – CF
  3. Ryan Cordell – LF
  4. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  5. Alex Burg – DH
  6. Joe Jackson – LF
  7. Garrett Weber – 2B
  8. Alberto Triunfel – SS
  9. Kellin Deglan – C

LHP Victor Payano (4-0, 3.24 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: DH Friday at Corpus Christi (L, 5-2 and 6-5)

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

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Hooks broadcaster Michael Coffin

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The Riders were swept in a doubleheader 5-2 and 6-0 in Corpus Christi yesterday…They trailed 13 of the 14 innings of the twinbill and were outhit 20-6…RYAN CORDELL was an offensive bright spot, tying game one at 2-2 with a two-run homer and collecting the only RoughRiders hit in the second game…SAM WOLFF allowed a career-high 10 hits in the game one start, surrendering five runs, while DAVID PEREZ was touched up for five runs on eight hits in just 2.1 innings in game two…The RoughRiders have lost four straight ballgames, the longest such stretch this season.

BUSH IN THE BIGS:
After being on the Riders roster from Opening Day until Thursday, Matt Bush was promoted straight to the Major Leagues yesterday. The right-handed pitcher worked a 1-2-3 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:
The Riders were swept in yesterday’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.

TROUBLE WITH THE HOOKS:
Corpus Christi is the only team in the Texas League with a winning record against the RoughRiders this season. In 10 meetings with the Hooks, Frisco is 4-6. The Riders have now dropped the last five 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 82-95 record (.462 winning percentage) in games at Corpus Christi. This season, the Riders are 2-4 at Whataburger and have lost four consecutive games there.

RIDING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS:
The 23-11 record ties the the 2008 squad for the best record through 34 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 has continued his on-base streak to an MiLB-leading 33 games yesterday with a home run in the first game and the Riders’ only hit in the second game. Dating back to the final three games of 2015, he has reached base in 36 straight contests.

STRIKEOUT FEVER:
After striking out 180 hitters in the first 23 games (7.8 SO/9 IP), Riders pitching has amassed 103 punchouts in the last 11 games (9.4 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 (+41), 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 is in the midst of an impressive stretch, not having allowed a hit in his last 11 2/3 innings of work. He still has yet to permit a run in 14 1/3 innings of relief work this season, and his .049 opposing average is 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 yesterday.

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate with a winning record. Every full-season affiliate in the organization has a record above .500, as Class A Hickory enters the day at 23-11, Class A-Advanced High Desert is 23-12, and Triple-A Round Rock is 18-16. Three of the four affiliates currently lead their respective divisions. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 87-50 (.635), which is the second-best winning percentage among all Minor League systems behind Cleveland. 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:
Acquired as the player-to-be-named-later by the Astros to complete a trade, with Danry Vasquez, with the Tigers for Jose Veras, David Paulino gets the start today for the Corpus Christi Hooks. While Paulino has pitched well this year, he is winless in six outings, including four starts, with a 2.08 ERA in 26.0 innings of work. Originally signed by the Tigers for just $75,000 in 2010, Paulino faced multiple injuries during his time in Detroit, undergoing two shoulder surgeries in 2012 and battling elbow problems through his time with the Tigers. After going to Houston, Paulino missed all of the 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He pitched over three levels (A- to A+) last season, and Houston made the aggressive promotion to Double-A for him to begin this year after a spring as an invitee to big league Spring Training…REPERTOIRE: Paulino has a 91-98 mph 4-seam FASTBALL, excellent spin on his 78-79 mph 11-to-5 CURVEBALL, and a CHANGEUP that has occasional sink.

Saddle Up: Riders at Corpus Christi (5/12/16)

GAME #32
Frisco RoughRiders (23-8) at Corpus Christi Hooks (16-15)
Thursday, May 12 – 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 and Steve Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 1 of 5
This season: Game 8 of 32 (Riders lead, 4-3)

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RHP Connor Sadzeck recorded a career-high nine strikeouts in his last start.

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Connor Sadzeck (4-0, 2.60 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Tuesday vs. Midland (L, 5-3)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Outfielder Lewis Brinson

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:

The RoughRiders dropped the series and homestand finale with the Midland RockHounds 5-3 at Dr Pepper Ballpark, splitting the series two games a side…The Riders trailed the entire contest, as Midland scored three runs off of FRANK LOPEZ in the third and never gave up their lead…Yairo Munoz added his third home run in two days, and RYON HEALYadded a fifth run in the seventh…Frisco scored a pair of unearned runs in the fifth and plated one in the ninth inning, but the rally fell short…MATT BUSH tossed one inning of scoreless ball, and REED GARRETT limited the Hounds to two runs over the final four frames.

NO MINOR FEAT:

Entering the day at 23-8 (.742), the Riders have the best winning percentage among all 120 full-season affiliates in Minor League Baseball.

RIDING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS:

The 23-8 record marks the best 31-game start in team history, besting the 2008 squad that started 22-9. 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 after going 0-for-3 last Monday, he continued his on-base streak to an MiLB-leading 30 games by reaching twice Tuesday night. Dating back to the final three games of 2015, he has reached base in 33 straight contests.

CONDOR FLYING HIGH:

RONALD “CONDOR” GUZMAN is tearing it up as of late. His third-longest on-base streak in the Texas League came to an end at 17 games Tuesday. He had hits in 15 of those 17 games, and RBI in ten. In that span, he hit .381 with six doubles, three home runs, and 13 RBI.

STRIKEOUT FEVER:

After striking out 180 hitters in the first 23 games (7.8 SO/9 IP), Riders pitching has amassed 81 punchouts in the last eight games (10.1 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 (+51), Frisco has played in 10 one-run contests, winning seven, over the last 15 games. The Riders have a 8-4 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 is in the midst of an impressive stretch, not having allowed a hit in his last 11 2/3 innings of work. He still has yet to permit a run in 14 1/3 innings of relief work this season, and his .049 opposing average is the best in the Texas League.

STARTING SERIES STRONG:

Through the first nine series of the season, the Riders have an 8-1 record in series openers. Their only blemish was Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Midland to open the four-game set. The Riders have won six of their first nine series, including two sweeps of Northwest Arkansas and San Antonio.

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 one earned run in 11.0 innings of relief, good for a 0.82 ERA. Among active relievers, only RYNE SLACK has a better ERA (0.00).

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 five 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, including Midland’s Matt Chapman Saturday night. He also has yet to have a passed ball.

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 (5/1/16)

GAME #22
Frisco RoughRiders (17-4) vs Corpus Christi Hooks (9-12)
Sunday, May 1 – 4:05 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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Yu Darvish makes the start for the Riders today, as he begins a rehab assignment

This series: Game 3 of 4 (Riders lead, 2-0)
This season: Game 6 of 32 (Riders lead, 4-1)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – SS
  2. Chris Gimenez – C
  3. Lewis Brinson – CF
  4. Ryan Cordell – LF
  5. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  6. Zach Cone – RF
  7. Joe Jackson – DH
  8. Garrett Weber – 3B
  9. Alberto Triunfel – 2B

RHP Yu Darvish (0-0, -.– ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Saturday vs. Corpus Christi (W, 4-3)
Video highlights
Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
For the second straight night, the Riders staged a dramatic comeback late in the game, putting up three runs in the ninth to walk off on the Hooks, 4-3. ZACH CONE delivered the walk-off single, giving Frisco its second walk-off win of the homestand.CHASE McDONALD homered for the second time in as many games to get the Hooks a 2-1 lead in the sixth, and Corpus Christi added an unearned run in the 9th, canceling out an unearned run for the Riders in the second inning.

RIDING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS:
At 17-4, the RoughRiders have the best 21-game start in team history, besting the 2008 squad. The 2008 RoughRiders finished with an 84-56 record and lost to Arkansas in the Texas League championship series.

‘DELL-IGHTFUL START:
RYAN CORDELL has been on a roll early in the season, leading the Texas League in average doubles (9), runs (20), and slugging percentage (.688), while he ranks second in many other categories. In addition, Cordell has more extra-base hits (15) than singles (14). He’s already tied or surpassed many of his stats with Frisco from last year, when he hit .217 with five doubles, five home runs and 18 RBI in 56 games.
GOING STREAKING:
Cordell has not only been off to a great start, but he’s been producing consistently for Frisco early in 2016. He rides a 16-game hit streak into today’s game and has been on base in all 21 contests this year, both of which are the Texas League’s longest streaks. Dating back to the final three games of 2015, he has reached base in 24 straight contests.

HERE COMES HAMILTON:
Rangers outfielder JOSH HAMILTON began his rehabilitation assignment with the RoughRiders Saturday, going 0-for-2 (flyout, reach on error) in four innings as the starting left fielder.

YU READY FOR DARVISH?:
Right-handed pitcher YU DARVISH is scheduled to begin a Major League rehabilitation assignment with the Riders today. The three-time American League All-Star is slateed to throw two innings or 30 pitches.

GIMENEZ JIVING IN REHAB STINT:
While Hamilton and Darvish are just arriving, catcher CHRIS GIMENEZ has been rehabbing with Frisco since Monday, and has performed very well. He has recorded hits in all five games, and has driven in a run in four. Gimenez has split his time between catcher and designated hitter so far.

BURG BUSTING BACK ON TO THE SCENE:
Since returning from a short stay with Triple-A Round Rock, ALEX BURG has been on a tear for Frisco. In his first six games back, Burg is hitting .476 (10-for-21), with three home runs and seven RBI. Burg has hits in all six games since his return.

“ONE”-DERFUL IN CLOSE GAMES:
Despite leading the Texas League in run differential (+42), Frisco’s last seven games have been decided by a total of nine runs, including six one-run contests (5-1). The Riders are 6-2 in one-run games this year.

FIRST FRAME FUN:
After scoring just one first-inning run in the first 11 games, the Riders have outscored opponents, 16-2, in the last ten first innings. The Riders have scored first-inning runs in four of five games against the Hooks this year, outscoring them, 10-2.

THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER:
Part of the key for the Riders historic start to the season has been the strong bullpen, protecting leads late in games. The bullpen holds an ERA of just 2.39 through the first 21 games, and has wiggled out of numerous late-game jams. MATT BUSH and ADAM PARKS each have three saves so far for Frisco, and the team is 7-for-7 in save chances.

CRANKING UP CROOKED NUMBERS:
Early in the season, the RoughRiders have shown an ability to not only score in bunches but keep opponents from doing the same. The RoughRiders have tallied 10 innings of four or more runs (five four-run innings, four five-run frames and a six-spot). Meanwhile, the Riders have only allowed four innings of more than two runs.

SEPARATION IN THE SIXTH:
The RoughRiders have found immense success, both at the plate and on the mound, in the sixth inning this season. Frisco has outscored opponents, 24-7, in the sixth frame through 21 games. The Riders struck for their biggest inning of the year with a six-run sixth April 14 vs Northwest Arkansas.

STARTING SERIES STRONG:
With Friday night’s win, the RoughRiders improved to 7-0 in series openers this season. The Riders have won five of their first six series, including a series victory at Corpus Christi last weekend.

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate off to a hot start. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 61-27 (.693), good for the best winning percentage among all minor-league systems. Class A-Advanced High Desert enters the day at 17-6, while Class-A Hickory is 15-8, and Triple-A Round Rock is 12-9. Round Rock was recently ranked the fifth-best Minor League team (any level) by MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

Ballpark Bio: Whataburger Field (Corpus Christi)

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

Facts and Figures
Opened: April 17, 2005
Capacity: 7,050 (5,050 seats, plus 2,000 spots on the berms)
Dimensions: LF – 325, CF – 400, RF – 315

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The wall is only about 4 feet tall in the RF corner

> Of note: The height of the wall fluctuates quite a bit from pole to pole. In total, we counted at least six different wall heights on our way around the park. 


There’s a long list of features that make Whataburger Field a very unique and intriguing ballpark, both inside and outside the confines of the stadium. There’s a lot of charm here, and as you’ll find in this post and the ones to come, I’m all about charm when it comes to baseball parks.

On the inside, there’s a very intimate feel, with just a bit over 5,000 seats. There aren’t a ton of rows in each section, so just about every seat in the park gets you up close to the action. If you’d rather sprawl out on the grass, there are two berms in the outfield to meet your needs.

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It’s hard to find a bad view inside Whataburger Field

But there’s so much more than the game to enjoy when you come to a game in Corpus Christi. If you take a walk along the outfield concourse, you run into a wealth of other options and ways to stay entertained. For the kids, there’s a mini baseball field, a playground, a bouncy house, trampolines, a rock climbing wall, and a basketball court. In that way, it’s the perfect minor-league park, in that it serves baseball fans of all interest levels.

One of my favorite features in the park is the trio of cotton presses out past the left field wall. The site Whataburger Field is on used to be a cotton warehouse, and the presses in left field are the originals that used to be there. It adds an additional charm to the park, while also paying tribute to an industry that’s still important in this city. I’m always a fan of pieces like this. They’re very unique, and very meaningful at the same time. It reminds me a little of the warehouse that sits in the left-field corner at San Diego’s Petco Park.

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Part of the trio of cotton presses on the left field concourse

Outside the confines of the ballpark, there’s plenty more that adds to its charm. Most notably is the Harbor Bridge, which looms large well beyond the right-center field wall. Once darkness sets in, the bridge lights up, adding a nice spectacle to the game-viewing experience. I’ve caught myself on numerous occasions gazing up at the bridge and enjoying the free light show. It’s just too hard to resist.

And, of course, there’s the harbor that the bridge runs across. You can’t see a ton of the Corpus Christi Bay from the park, but some of it is visible over the left field wall. It’s also fun to watch the cargo ships come and go over the course of nine innings. Growing up in Seattle, I always loved having the trains pass by Safeco Field and hearing their horns blast as they passed the park. It’s very similar here, and it’s yet another nice touch to the park. And you can’t forget the seagulls, either. They’re all over the place, and they add to the maritime vibe around the park.

On top of all that, the Hooks draw good, energetic crowds. Overall, it makes for a great experience when you come to Whataburger Field, blending an intimate baseball-viewing experience with sights, sounds and smells that you won’t find in many other parks.

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At night, the illumination on the Harbor Bridge adds yet another spectacle to an already-beautiful park

Stay tuned for the next ballpark bio, coming from ONEOK Field in Tulsa next month, as I take you along for the ride on my first journey through the Texas League.

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Hookworm League – A derisive nickname for spring training played in the southeastern United States, a region with a prevalence for the hookworm parasite.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

‘Riders Rewind – June 22

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

The ‘Riders reached the end of an exhausting 12-day road trip at long last on Sunday. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: CF Teodoro Martinez – 1/3, R, HR, RBI, SO

Teo blasted his second home run of the season and accounted for all the scoring in the 4-1 loss on Sunday. Through 44 games this season, the Venezuelan holds a .298 batting average (45-for-151) with 15 runs, six doubles and 23 RBI.

In case you missed it:

The Texas League All-Star Game took place at Dickey-Stephens Field in North Little Rock, Arkansas on June 24. The RoughRiders sent a league-high ten players to compete in the game. The North defeated the South 3-1 in a pitching-oriented affair. Find out how the ‘Riders performed below:

-LF Jake Smolinski: 1/4, SO

-3B Ryan Rua: 0/4, Home Run Derby Champion

  • Rua blasted a total of 16 home runs (eight in each round)

-DH/C Tomás Telis: 0/4

-PH Odubel Herrera: 1/1

-2B Guilder Rodriguez: 0/2, 2SO

-RHP Luke Jackson (starter): 1.0IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3BF

-RHP Alec Asher: 1.0IP, R, 2H, 5BF, WP

-RHP Phil Klein: DNP

-LHP Edwar Cabrera: DNP

-2B Rougned Odor: DNP

 

Here is Jason Wood’s most recent “Sunday with the Skipper” segment on the final day of the marathon 12-day road trip:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 21

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

The ‘Riders roll into the final game before the All-Star break on the strength of a 3-0 win over the Corpus Christi Hooks. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: 3B Joey Gallo – 1/4, R, HR, 3RBI, 2K

Gallo homered for the second straight night and in seven career games against the Hooks, the mammoth slugger has gone deep four times. Corpus Christi starting pitcher Mike Hauschild carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning when the RoughRiders opened the inning with a pair of singles from Patrick Cantwell and Trever Adams, respectively. That brought Gallo to the plate, and on the first pitch from Hauschild, he deposited the offering on the right-center field berm for the only three runs of the game for either side.

Through 12 games with Frisco, Gallo posts a .279 batting average  (12-for-43) with ten runs, one double, six home runs and 14 runs driven in. He has drawn nine walks and has struck out 20 times.

In case you missed it:

-Frisco recorded all of their runs and hits in a single inning (the seventh). Corpus Christi outhit the ‘Riders 7-3 and Frisco left just one man on base in the game.

-The Hooks’ best chance to score came in the fifth inning with runners on the corners and one out. A poor bunt by Ruben Sosa enabled Alec Asher to field an throw home where Tomás Telis tagged out Tyler Heineman for a crucial second out.

-Corpus Christi relief pitcher Alex Sogard tossed one shutout inning against the RoughRiders in the ninth. Sogard’s older brother, Eric, is an infielder for the Oakland A’s.

-Cantwell spoiled Hauschild’s no-no in the seventh inning. The backstop also tarnished the perfect game when he drew a walk in the fourth. Through the first six frames, Cantwell was Frisco’s only baserunner.

-Phil Klein moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Texas League with his tenth save of the season.

-The 3-0 final score marked the eighth time Frisco has shut out an opponent. The ‘Riders are 8-3 in shutouts this season.

Be sure to catch this interview with Corpus Christi interim pitching coach Doug Brocail. Rangers fans may remember Brocail during his time in Arlington from 2004-2005. He shares some lighter moments of his career on the Pregame Show:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

Scouting the South Division

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By: Jay Wallis and Chris Vosters

With June upon us, the race for the first-half division title in the Texas League is in full swing. Frisco reaches the season’s midway point on June 16 against the Midland RockHounds. The ‘Riders are in the midst of a pivotal eight-game homestand and will play out the final six games of the first half on the road.

The RoughRiders entered the month atop the south division, but with all three division rivals in hot pursuit. Every team owns a winning record, which makes the playoff hunt a four-way chase. Let’s spotlight Frisco’s competition down the stretch.

San Antonio: They may have gotten off to a sluggish start in the beginning of the year, but the Missions have really picked up their level of play of late. After falling seven games below .500 in mid-May, San Antonio has since then jumped right back in the playoff hunt thanks to sustained pitching and improved hitting. As a team, the Missions hold the best ERA in the Texas League (2.99) while their closer, Johnny Barbato, leads the league in saves (15). This exceptional pitching has been present for the majority of the season but the hitting hasn’t always been comparable. However, with the emergence of outfielders Rymer Liriano and Yeison Asencio, who was named Texas League Player of the Week for May 19-25, the bats are finally making some noise. If the Missions can continue to improve at the plate during the second half of the season, they could give the ‘Riders trouble, especially since San Antonio is the only team Frisco doesn’t have a winning record against.

Midland: Out of the four Texas League teams in the south division, the RockHounds got off to the best start and held the divisional lead at the end of April. Josh Whitaker and Max Muncy both are Texas League leaders in multiple batting categories and have been the catalyst for Midland’s offense. During a four-game series with the RoughRiders in early May, though, they lost three of four and handed over their position atop the south to the ‘Riders. In addition to losing the series, Muncy suffered a lacerated finger in the second game, causing the first baseman to miss the next 17 games and put a hole in his team’s lineup. The RockHounds ended up losing 17 of 30 games in May, creating more of a gap between the ‘Riders and their competition. If Muncy can regain his confidence at the plate that he has yet to recapture since returning from the DL, it should provide a substantial spark for Midland’s offense moving forward.

Corpus Christi: The ‘Riders have handled the Hooks in 8-of-12 meetings this season. However, the teams’ four remaining meetings before the end of the first half take place under the lights of Whataburger Field. While some teams undergo hot streaks and cold spells, the Hooks’ calling card is their consistency: the Astros’ Double-A affiliate finished 14-12 in April and 15-14 in May. In both pitching and hitting, the Hooks rank in the top half of the Texas League. The ‘Riders hope to avoid damage from Corpus Christi’s Preston Tucker, a seventh round draft choice in 2012. The slugger is batting .319 against the Frisco this season with six doubles and two home runs. The 6-foot, 200-pound lefty ranks near the top of the Texas League in a multitude of categories, namely home runs, RBI, hits and doubles.

Frisco faces a daunting task, but it is important for the RoughRiders and their fans to remember the traits that placed the ‘Riders in a strong position to clinch a postseason berth: a winning record at home, contributions throughout the batting order and strong team chemistry. If the team adheres to that formula, fans can look forward to postseason baseball at Dr Pepper Ballpark come September.

‘Riders Rewind – Mother’s Day

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

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

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

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

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – May 10

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

Frisco dropped the first game in their series with Corpus Christi 5-1 on Saturday night. The RoughRiders wore their pink jerseys for the second straight night and finished 1-1 in the rosy outfits. Click here to read the full game recap.

The ‘Riders fell behind 2-0 in the first inning of Joe Saunders’ second rehab appearance. The game turned in the third when Jake Smolinski grounded out to short. Smolinski hit the ball sharply to the edge of the infield and appeared to beat out a long throw from Corpus Christi shortstop Jio Mier.

First base umpire Ryan Simmons did not see the call that way, however, and an enraged Smolinski was ejected from the game. He was joined by his field manager, Jason Wood, not long after. The ‘Riders would have potentially had runners on first and second with one out, but the call took the wind out of the proverbial sails as the ‘Riders left 13 men stranded on Saturday.

The team has already clinched a winning record on the eight-game homestand, which concludes on Mother’s Day afternoon against the Hooks. Coverage starts 1:40 p.m. on www.ridersbaseball.com.

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – May 8

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

On a soggy, cool night at Dr Pepper Ballpark, the RoughRiders took the series opener from the Corpus Christi Hooks, 5-3. Click here to read the full game recap.

Thursday’s game marked the first time the ‘Riders lineup did not include either Rougned Odor or Luis Sardinas. For at least one night, their absence did not rain too heavily on the offensive output (as it seemed the weather would inititially.)

In addition to a red-hot Tomás Telis, the bottom of the order generated considerable momentum on Thursday night. Teodoro Martinez, Jake Skole and Edwin Garcia batted a combined 6-for-11 at the dish and scored three runs.

The ‘Riders moved to 4-1 on the current homestand and can clinch a winning record for the eight-game stretch with win over Corpus Christi Friday night. Coverage starts 6:40 p.m. on www.ridersbaseball.com.

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

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