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True Grit, Part II

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Earlier this season, we titled a blog post “True Grit” because it embodied the RoughRiders’ efforts in a 3-2 win over Springfield. Click here to read the full game recap.

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

Odubel scored his 24th run for the RoughRiders this season. The southpaw has hits in 21 of his last 24 games and in 16 of his last 33, Odubel has knocked multiple base hits.

In case you missed it:

-The Hooks committed four errors in the game, including three in a two-inning period. As a result, the ‘Riders scored two unearned runs to tie the game at 2-2 and then take the lead for good in the seventh inning.

-As bad as the infield played for Corpus Christi, its outfield was excellent and registered two outfield assists in the first inning. Both resulted in outs at the plate to keep the RoughRiders off the board early.

-Corpus Christi again outhit Frisco 8-6.

-A throwing error on catcher J.T. Wise in the eighth inning broke a streak of four games without an error for Frisco’s defense. It was the team’s longest stretch of the season.

-Speedster Delino DeShields, Jr., who ranks second in the Texas League with 41 stolen bases, cracked his first triple of the season in the fifth.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-4, 3SO

Joey is now three for his last 29 at the dish with 16 strikeouts. His last home run with the ‘Riders came on July 7 and he has not hit a long ball at Dr Pepper Ballpark since June 28.

 

 

 

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-Chris V.

Wise Move

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In a swift turn of events, a no-hit bid by Corpus Christi’s Chris Devenski ended abruptly in the seventh inning. Not only did Devenski forfeit the no-no, he could not finish the frame and left on the hook for the loss. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: DH J.T. Wise – 1/2, 2B, 2RBI, BB, SO

It looks like the decision to sign Wise out of the American Association was just that – a wise one, indeed. The former Wichita Wingnut has been a doubles machine since his arrival in Frisco on July 11 (four in six games). In what became the game’s seminal moment, Wise’s line drive two-bagger down the left field line brought home the only two runs of the game for Frisco. The native of Apopka, Florida also ruined a perfect game attempt by Devenski when he drew a walk in the fifth. Devenski had seated the first 14 batters he faced.

In case you missed it:

-Erik Hamren registered his first save as a RoughRider and his first save in the Texas League since April 25, 2012 when the righty pitched for the San Antonio Missions in 6-5 win against…the RoughRiders.

-Corpus Christi outhit Frisco 5-2.

-The ‘Riders totaled all their hits and runs in the seventh inning.

-Frisco has not committed an error in four consecutive game, the team’s longest such streak of the season.

-The RoughRiders snapped a four-game losing streak, their longest of the season. The ‘Riders were the last team in the Texas League to avoid a four-game skid. Only Tulsa and Frisco have steered clear of the five-game losing streak in the Texas League this season.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-3, SO

The line may not show it, but it feels like Joey is on the verge of busting his current slump. Devenski made a great catch on a screamer back to the mound in the second inning.

 

 

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-Chris V.

Rehabbers Provide Aid

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Frisco received a lift from its two big league rehabbers and avoided its first series loss of the season to Corpus Christi. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Jerad Eickhoff – 7.0IP, 3H, 2R, BB, 7K

Jerad delivered an efficient outing as he crossed the 100-inning plateau this season and bumped his record to 7-6. After a blip on the radar in the second, in which he allowed three straight two-out baserunners, the sturdy righty mowed through 15 straight Hooks. The 24-year-old has 92 strikeouts through 102 innings and a 4.06 ERA.

In case you missed it:

-Frisco scored first for the one and only game of the series on Saturday.

-The Midland RockHounds swept the San Antonio Missions on Saturday for their ninth straight win. Frisco remains a half-game behind the Hounds for the best overall record in the Texas League. Midland also leads the second-half standings in the South Division by 2 1/2 games over Corpus Christi.

-Gallo watch: DNP

Joey is up at Target Field in Minneapolis for the MLB Futures Game. The slugger was selected to play in the game last season as well, but a groin injury prevented him from partaking.

-Rehabbers Geovany Soto and Jim Adduci both gave the offense a boost on Saturday. Each big leaguer went 2-for-3 at the dish with a run scored and an RBI. Soto added a double and drew a walk while Adduci stole a base (with a feet-first slide).

-Hooks’ catcher Rene Garcia only played two games in the series, much to the RoughRiders’ advantage. In two games, Garcia batted 5-for-6 with a run, a double, an RBI and HBP.

 

 

The Rangers signed three players out of independent ball over a two-day span and all were assigned to Frisco. Brodie Downs, one of the newly acquired RoughRiders, is a 35-year-old sidearm pitcher playing for his first major league affiliate since 2009. His professional baseball career has been unorthodox, to say the least:

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-Chris V.

Why They Play 140 Games…

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Welp, you can’t win or lose a 140-game season in just one night. And when you play virtually every night for five months, there’s never a lot of time to dwell on the highs or the lows. Hopefully, the ‘Riders deep-sixed the memory of last night’s 12-4 thrashing at the hands of the Hooks. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Randy Henry – 3.0IP, H, 0R, 0BB, K

After an adverse start to his season in Frisco, Randy has settled in atop his perch and allowed no runs in his last four outings. He faced one batter above the minimum on Friday in his longest performance with the ‘Riders this season in terms of innings pitched. Henry, a native of tiny Arnett, Oklahoma, has tossed 10 1/3 innings over eight games at Double-A and dropped his ERA to 4.35 last night.

In case you missed it:

-Corpus Christi outhit the ‘Riders 16-5 and sent eight batters to the plate in each of the first three innings (24 in total). At one point, the Hooks were on pace for 72 plate appearances on the night. The 12 runs allowed are a season-high for Frisco.

-The Midland RockHounds defeated the San Antonio Missions on Friday for their eighth straight win. In the process, the ‘Hounds leapfrogged the RoughRiders into first place with the best overall record in the Texas League. It’s the first time Frisco has been outside the top spot since May 5, a stretch of 66 straight days. The ‘Riders have had a share of first place in 83 of the first 100 days of the season.

-Gallo watch: DNP

The RoughRiders gave Joey his first night off in his 27 Double-A games this year.

-Rehabber Geovany Soto went 0-for-1 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in the second game of his rehab assignment with the ‘Riders. Patrick Cantwell replaced him in the lineup in the fifth inning.

-Rehabber Engel Beltre finished his 2014 ‘Riders debut 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored. It was Beltre’s first appearance at Dr Pepper Ballpark since 2012 when he lead the Texas League in triples (17) and at-bats (564).

-Alec Asher’s two inning performance was the shortest effort by a regular starter for Frisco this season (excluding rehab appearances by, for instance, Tanner Scheppers). It’s a testament to the strength of the RoughRiders’ rotation this season to have gone until mid-July without a clunker like last night.

-After Asher hit the shower, newcomer Brodie Downs made his Frisco debut on the mound. The Rangers signed Downs, who turns 35 on July 19, out of the Mexican League as free agent on July 11. Downs has not played affiliated baseball since 2009 and threw two innings with three runs and four hits allowed along with two walks and two strikeouts. Downs has a side-arm release and throws a fastball in the mid-upper 80s and a high 70s slider. After a turbulent third inning, the righty faced the minimum in the fourth, thanks to a double play ground ball from Tyler Heineman.

-Guilder Rodriguez made his season debut on the hill as well for the RoughRiders. G-Rod pitched the ninth inning and allowed a run on two hits and a walk. It was his fifth career appearance as a pitcher with Frisco. Guilder, who throws right-handed, last tossed on June 16, 2013 in a 16-inning marathon against the Hooks. He took home the win in that decision. On Friday, Guilder played second base for the first eight innings and Odubel Herrera filled in for the final frame while G-Rod pitched.

-Delino DeShields, Jr. was the only hitter for Corpus Christi without a base knock on Friday. He still reached base in the first inning on a sacrifice bunt because Drew Robinson committed an error on the play. DeShields later scored a run to move him into a tie with San Antonio’s Dusty Coleman for fifth in the Texas League with 47 home-plate touches this season.

-The Rangers Senior Director of Minor League Operations, Mike Daly, was in attendance at Dr Pepper Ballpark last night. He didn’t exactly see a classic.

-Drew Robinson’s two-run home run in the second inning was the RoughRiders’ 69th long ball of the season.

Home Run List (current players):

1. Joey Gallo – 10

2. Trever Adams – 9

2. Drew Robinson – 9

4. Teodoro Martinez – 3

5. Jake Skole – 2

5. Tomás Telis – 2

7. Patrick Cantwell – 1

7. Chris Grayson – 1

7. Odubel Herrera – 1

 

With pitching coach Jeff Andrews on vacation for the series, minor league rehab coordinator Keith Comstock takes over the reins of the staff. Our interview with Keith aired in two parts over the course of the last two broadcasts. Hear about the unique elements of his job in Arizona, his analysis of Derek Holland and the day he was traded for $100 and a box of baseballs:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Hooks strike back

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Small ball is the Hooks’ specialty, but an RBI double and a solo home run turned the tide in Thursday’s contest. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Keone Kela – 1.0IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K

Kela struck out the side in succession in the ninth inning to give the ‘Riders a fighting chance in the bottom half. He struck out two batters on a breaking ball and breezed a heater by Telvin Nash to end the inning. Kela has not allowed a run in his last ten outings and through 20 1/3 innings has a 1.33 ERA.

In case you missed it:

-The team with the most hits has lost both games in this series.

-The Hooks have beaten the RoughRiders 4-1 on three separate occasions this season.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-4, 2SO

Joey put the ball in play twice to right field, and in both instances, Leo Heras made an athletic play to deprive him of a base knock.

-In his RoughRiders’ debut, rehabber Geovany Soto went 1-for-3 with a single to left and a strikeout. He played seven innings and was replaced by Tomás Telis.

-Hooks starter Jordan Jankowski threw 50 of his 64 pitches for strikes.

-Delino DeShields, Jr. made his first appearance of the season in left field for the Hooks after playing 60 games in center.

 

 

With pitching coach Jeff Andrews on vacation for the series, minor league rehab coordinator Keith Comstock takes over the reins of the staff. Hear about the unique elements of his job in Arizona, his analysis of Derek Holland and the day he was traded for $100 and a box of baseballs:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Meat Grinder

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If Wednesday’s series opener was any indication, this four-game set with the Hooks is going to be a knock-down, drag-out slug fest. Corpus Christi erased a 3-1 hole in the seventh only to have the ‘Riders regain the lead 4-3 on Odubel Herrera’s sacrifice fly. The Hooks put a runner on third in each of the final three innings, but the ‘Riders eeked out the win. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: LF Teodoro Martinez – 2/3, R, 2B, RBI

After a 1-for-18 road trip, Teo looked happy to be home at the Doc on Wednesday night. His RBI single in the second inning gave Frisco its first lead of the ballgame and brought the Venezuelan level with a couple statistical plateaus: it was both his 50th hit and his 30th RBI as a RoughRider this season.

Also of note, the knock came against a right-handed pitcher; the Venezuelan bats just .234 against righties. Off southpaws, however, Teo crushes at a .340 average, and true to form, his leadoff double in the seventh came versus a lefty. “Cafe” scored the winning run later in the inning.

In case you missed it:

-After 44 games without an error, Odubel Herrera committed his first fielding miscue as a RoughRider last night. Actually, his first two. With two outs in the top of the ninth and a runner on first, Ruben Sosa bounced a ball towards second. Herrera bobbled the handle (first error) and then threw an errant ball to first that missed the glove of Trever Adams (second error). It nearly cost the ‘Riders in a one-run game. The tying runner on first advanced all the way to third. A fly out in the ensuing at-bat ended the contest, so no harm came of the botched play. Here’s hoping for another 44-game error-less streak, Odubel!

-The ‘Riders scored a pair of unearned runs in the second thanks to a throwing error on catcher Rene Garcia, just his second of the season. The throw allowed Hanser Alberto to reach safely on a sacrifice and advance all the way to second base. Tomás Telis, meanwhile, moved down to third base. Both runners scored in the frame.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-3, R, BB, SO

Joey now has 14 walks, 47 strikeouts and 20 runs scored at the Double-A level (26 games). He made good contact on a hard ground ball to second baseman Tony Kemp in the third inning. The Hooks had a monster shift implemented and Kemp fielded the play at medium depth in right field.

-Corpus Christi outhit Frisco 10-6.

-Drew Robinson and Jake Skole both went hitless (although Robinson did have an RBI on a sac fly) and snapped their respective six-game hitting streaks.

-Delino DeShields, Jr. drew two walks and stole two bases.

 

 

Right-handed pitcher Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez makes his debut on the RoughRiders Pregame Show. Find out what the 2013 first-round draft choice did on his day off and discover the origins of his awesome nickname. Don’t worry, for the hard-core baseball fans, Chi Chi also delves into his arsenal and the start to his Double-A career:

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-Chris V.

‘Riders Rewind – June 20

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Highlights from Frisco’s 4-1 loss to Corpus Christi on Friday. The RoughRiders have now lost four of their last five games. Click here to read the full game recap.

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

Odubel’s focus remains razor sharp at the plate as he and teammate Trever Adams were the only ‘Riders with multiple hits on Friday (and no strikeouts, either). The Venezuelan is hitting .319 this season, but . 339 with the Frisco through 32 games. He also has 9 doubles and 29 RBI on the season. Equally impressive is Odubel’s strikeout-to-walk rate: the southpaw has 28 free trips and just 41 whiffs in 2014.

In case you missed it:

-The Hooks registered 12 singles and no extra-base hits in the game.

-Trever Adams went 2-for-3 with a ground-rule double and a walk for his third straight multi-hit game.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI, 3K – Gallo launched his first home run since June 13 when he took a hanging breaking ball to left-center field in the second inning.

Newcomer Will Lamb makes his debut on the RoughRiders Pregame Show. The lefty aspires to own the best (worst?) mustache in the Texas League and has an equally filthy fastball:

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-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 19

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A savvy veteran and a fortuitous bounce gave the RoughRiders their first win in extra innings this season. Click here to read the full game recap.

The victory Thursday night bore significance in several respects:

  1. The ‘Riders snapped a three-game losing streak. A fourth consecutive loss would have been the longest of the season for Frisco. They are now the only team without a skid of more than three games in 2014, needless to say, an instrumental factor in their standing atop the Texas League.
  2. Frisco won a series opener, not only for the first time on this marathon road swing, but also for the first time in the month of June. Prior to last night’s win, the ‘Riders dropped the opening game in the last five series. The last time the RoughRiders had started a series with a victory occurred on May 29 against the Tulsa Drillers.
  3. The RoughRiders are now 1-3 in extra innings. All four of the team’s extended affairs have played out on the road. Frisco has gone to overtime with all three teams in the South Division and twice with Corpus Christi. The Hooks own the Texas League’s best mark in extra innings at 8-2.

The ‘Riders are now 1-1 in the second half and 41-30 overall. Remember, the series finale on June 18 against the Midland RockHounds was postponed due to rain and will be played out as part of a doubleheader on July 22. Click here for details.

Star of the Game: RHP Jon Edwards – 2 1/3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K

For all the offensive accolades in the game for the RoughRiders, Edwards’ performance on the mound bore a crucial impact in the win. Edwards entered with game in the balance and the momentum already shifted in Corpus Christi’s favor. In a disastrous seventh inning, the ‘Riders blew a 5-1 lead and allowed four runs to score on one hit, two hit batsmen and three walks. With no outs in the frame and runners on first and third, Edwards cooly retired three straight Hooks and preserved the tie. His slider was unhittable as he guided the RoughRiders through the eighth inning as well and recorded the first out of the ninth before Jason Wood brought lefty Will Lamb out of the pen. Edwards’ resurgence on the mound continues; according to Michael Tepid, Edwards has allowed one earned run with four walks and 16 strikeouts in his last eight appearances (12 1/3 innings).

In case you missed it:

-Frisco scored first for the first time on its current 12-game road swing. Thursday was the eighth game of the trip.

-Ryan Rua started in left field for the first time in 2014. He did not record a putout. Jason Wood lifted Rua from the game in the tenth and inserted Teodoro Martinez. With the game on the line, Wood did not want to charge Rua with making a key play at a new position.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-5, R, 2K – Gallo appeared frustrated with his timing at the plate, but looks comfortable in the field at the hot corner. He made three putouts on the night.

-Trever Adams has taken strides towards snapping his slump at the plate. Adams has consecutive multi-hit games and on Thursday went 3-for-4 with two runs, a double and a walk.

-Rua tallied three hits in a game for the fourth time this season and his three RBI gives him 38 on the season.

Alex Vispoli sits down with Corpus Christi broadcaster Michael Coffin and gets an inside scoop on the Hooks’ outlook for the second half as well as a look at the Astros prospects in the pipeline:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – Father’s Day

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The ‘Riders won on Mother’s Day (May 11) but lost on Father’s Day by an 8-3 decision to the Midland RockHounds. Click here to read the full game recap.

It was a tough night for Kyle Lotzkar, who entered the game with a handlebar mustache and two down in the third inning after an abbreviated outing from Alex Gonzalez. Lotzkar could not get the out he needed before an inherited runner and two of his own scored to put Midland up 4-0. After Frisco trimmed the lead to one, Lotzkar gave all three runs back on an RBI double to Dusty Coleman, the Texas League leader in strikeouts.

The RoughRiders will try and even the series tonight with Alec Asher on the mound. Asher pitched well in his last outing (season-high eight strikeouts) but received no run support and took the loss. Big Cat is 6-5 with a 3.14 ERA.

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

Odubel was the only man in the order with multiple hits on Sunday. His third hit rang in the ninth inning off left-handed pitcher Frank Gailey, which is significant because Odubel has struggled against southpaws this season. After one hit in his first 24 at-bats against lefty pitching, the Venezuelan now has two in his last three games.

Through 28 games with the RoughRiders, Odubel is batting .333 with seven extra-base hits, 14 runs, 17 RBI and three stolen bases.

In case you missed it:

-The opponent has scored first in all five games of the road trip thus far.

-Teodoro Martinez has been feast or famine as of late. The righty has hit into a double play in each of his last four games, but has driven in six runs over the last two.

-Randy Henry made his 2014 RoughRiders debut and gave up one run on three hits with no walks and two strikeouts over 2 1/3 innings.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-2, 2BB, K…Gallo now has five walks and 11 strikeouts with the RoughRiders.

-With Patrick Cantwell on the DL with a wrist contusion, Carlos Garay made his first start of the season behind home plate. Garay’s previous Double-A experience could be encompassed in one at-bat in the ninth inning on May 17 against San Antonio. The 19-year-old from Venezuela was not on the active roster for much of his time with team and served as the bullpen catcher. He finished the game 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.

Enjoy the highlights, and thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 14

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The RoughRiders left Corpus Christi with the sweet taste of victory on their tongues, having licked the Hooks by a 10-2 margin. Anything left behind in the visiting team’s clubhouse or at the hotel can be collected in a mere four days’ time when the ‘Riders boomerang right back to south Texas for their second four-game series with the Hooks in 12 games. Only in the Texas League!  Click here to read the full game recap.

It’s the most lopsided win of the season series for Frisco, who now leads 10-6 over Corpus Christi in 2014. However, the Hooks own the most decisive victory this year by way of an 11-2 blowout on April 28.

Star of the Game: RHP Jon Edwards – 3.0IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 6K

Edwards ferried the ‘Riders from the sixth through the eighth innings on Saturday in perhaps his finest performance of the season. His efforts were part of a collectively splendid night by Frisco’s pitching, which held Corpus Christi to just one hit in the game. The right-hander allowed only one baserunner when he walked Nolan Fontana in the sixth. One batter later, Andrew Aplin grounded back to the mound and Edwards triggered the double play to end the inning. He faced just nine batters over his trio of innings and sat down the side in order on strikes in the eighth.

After a rocky start to the season, Edwards kept a cool head on his shoulders and has allowed one run in his last seven appearances (11 1/3 innings pitched). Now that his high-octane fastball is landing for strikes on a more consistent basis, Edwards’ slider has emerged as a pitch with which to be reckoned.  At least of his six strikeouts on Saturday came via the slider.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders now have 40 wins with two games to play in the first half of the season. Frisco has attained 40 or more wins by the midway point in six of its 12 seasons as an organization.

-For the first time this season, field manager Jason Wood left Jake Smolinski off his lineup card. Smolinski was in a three-way tie with Rymer Liriano (San Antonio) and Alex Yarbrough (Arkansas) for most games played in the Texas League this season (66). He is now tied with Yeison Asencio (San Antonio) and Lane Adams (Northwest Arkansas) for second place.

-Luke Jackson won his eighth game on the mound last night, the most in the Texas League. Conversely, Brady Rodgers suffered his ninth loss, also tops in the league.

-Gallo watch: 1/5, 2K…he now has 87 singles and 87 home runs in his professional career (all in the Rangers organization).

-Trever Adams’ two-run home run in the fifth was his seventh of the season and broke an 0-for-12 slump at the plate.

-Drew Robinson’s two-run home run in the ninth was his sixth of the season and first since May 22.

-Ryan Rua’s on-base streak ended at 21 games as the designated hitter went 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts. Another impressive run for Rua, who now has multiple on-base streaks of 20 or more games.

-Rua was the only batter in the ‘Riders lineup without a hit on Saturday.

-The RoughRiders ripped off five straight base hits at one point in their active fifth inning. During that run, three hits deflected off either the glove or the person of starting pitcher Brady Rodgers.

-Jake Skole’s RBI single in the fifth broke a ten-game RBI drought.

Enjoy the highlights, and thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

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