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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:

Thanks for tuning in,

-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:

Thanks for tuning in,

-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.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 13

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Magic Number: 0

For the eighth time in franchise history, the Frisco RoughRiders are playoff bound. Click here to read the full game recap.

Yes, the ‘Riders lost to Corpus Christi 4-3 in extra innings and now sit 0-3 in long games this season. But thanks to San Antonio’s 9-1 victory over Midland on Friday, Frisco maintains its 3 1/2 game hold on first place with three to play. You do the math.

Frisco will send Luke Jackson to the hill in the series finale on Saturday to face Brady Rodgers, a native of Richmond, Texas with a 1-8 record and a 4.45 ERA. Jackson’s presence on the mound may spur the ‘Riders to victory and a series split, but it will be interesting to see if the squad stages the customarily flat performance associated with the game after a postseason berth.

Star of the Game: 3B Joey Gallo – 2/5, R, HR, 3RBI

Admittedly, Gallo’s fourth home run in five Double-A games received a boost from the 21-mph jet stream blowing out to left field. It was still an opposite field blast for Gallo and a ball that for most hitters, even with the wind, lands in the glove of the left fielder for a fly out.

However you slice it, the left-handed hitter continues to pace the minors with 25 home runs this season. Through 19 at-bats with the ‘Riders, Gallo has seven hits, six runs, one double, four home runs, ten RBI, three walks and eight strikeouts. The Rangers have named him their Minor League Player of the Month three straight times dating back to last season. Improbably, Gallo is on track to hit over 50 home runs this season (three games remain in the first half), which would shatter the Rangers’ farm system record and surpass the 40 he belted in a single season last year.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders’ offense set a season-high with 18 strikeouts in the game. Let’s hope that mark stands for the rest of the season.

-Gallo has 86 career singles and 87 career home runs.

-The runs that scored on Gallo’s home runs were unearned. With two outs and nobody on, Jake Smolinski reached on a throwing error by Corpus Christi third baseman Jonathan Meyer. The inning should have been over at that point, so the subsequent runs did not count as earned on pitcher Tommy Shirley’s final line.

-In addition, Gallo’s glove has been mostly sturdy at third base. In the sixth inning, he hustled down a fly ball in foul territory and made a tough grab in the Corpus Christi on-deck circle.

-Ryan Rua extended his on-base streak to 21 straight games on Friday with a walk in the 11th inning. It’s unlikely the streak means much to Rua, but still, that was close.

-Odubel Herrera finished 3-for-4 with a stolen base and a sacrifice bunt. His third base hit of the game came in the ninth inning off Shirley, a lefty. It was just the second base hit for Herrera off a left-handed pitcher since his RoughRiders’ tenure began on May 13.

-The RoughRiders finished 1-or-10 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.

-Francisco Mendoza was charged with both a blown save and a loss.

Enjoy the highlights, and thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 12

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Magic Number: 1

Frisco rallied from a 2-0 deficit and held on to knock off Corpus Christi 5-3 in front of a nation-wide television audience on the CBS Sports Network. Click here to read the full game recap.

The formula is simplistic; if the ‘Riders win on Friday against the Hooks, they are in (the playoffs). Midland won its second straight game against San Antonio to keep the race alive for the moment. The RockHounds (36-30) remain 3 1/2 games behind the RoughRiders (39-26) with four games left in the first half.

To calculate the Magic Number, determine the number of games yet to be played in the first half (4), add one (4+1=5), and subtract the number of games ahead in the loss column of the standings from the closest opponent (5-4=1).

If the ‘Riders lose to the Hooks tonight, they can still make the playoffs if Midland loses in San Antonio.

Star of the Game: RHP Phil Klein – 2.0IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, SV

The behemoth out of Youngstown State notched the difficult six-out save on Thursday. Other than a bunt single by Tyler Heineman in the eighth, Klein faced the minimum and did not allow a runner into scoring position. He returned to the hill in the ninth and struck out the nine, one and two hitters in order to put the game in the RoughRiders’ win column.

The righty earned his eighth save of the season, further validating his spot on the Texas League South Division All-Star Team. Klein’s ability to consistently repeat his mechanics has sunk his ERA to a paltry 0.89, and it’s almost an understatement to say he has allowed a paucity of runs this season–three runs in 30 1/3 innings is about as lock-down as it gets.

Among relievers, Klein ranks fourth in the Texas League in saves and second in opponent batting average (.152).

In case you missed it:

-Joey Gallo slung his third home run with the RoughRiders and 24th of the season (to match his jersey number) in the fourth inning. It was a line drive shot that rocketed out of the park at a very low altitude just to the left of the batter’s eye (approximately 35 feet). Texas League President Tom Kayser, who happened to be on the broadcast at the time, said he couldn’t recall seeing a home run ball hit to that part of Whataburger Field before.

-Gallo finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI, a home run and a walk. He reached base in all four trips to the plate. Starting pitcher Jordan Jankowski struck out Gallo in the second, but the pitch alluded the catcher Heineman and Gallo landed safely on first. His single in the sixth was his first in 14 at-bats with the RoughRiders.

-Ryan Rua extended his on-base streak to 20 straight games on Thursday with a single to right in the second. He finished 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

-Guilder Rodriguez tallied another three-hit game. G-Rod has 20 hits in his last ten games and, in the same span, has cracked multiple hits in five of those games.

-In a rare occurrence, both Trever Adams and Jake Smolinski combined to hit 0-for-10 and failed to reach base in a game. It was the second time this season when neither Adams nor Smolinski made it to first.

Enjoy the highlights, and thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 11

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Magic Number: 2

A 7-0 loss to Corpus Christi on Wednesday postponed the playoff toasts for at least one more night. Click here to read Tuesday’s full game recap.

If it’s any consolation, the ‘Riders (38-26) would not have wrapped up a first-half crown even with a win last night. Midland (35-30) stayed alive with a 7-6 win over San Antonio and sits 3 1/2 games back with five to play.

Frisco would much rather have the package signed, sealed and delivered before they arrive in west Texas to play out the final two games of the first half. They have three more tries against Corpus Christi to achieve some combination of two RoughRiders wins and/or two Midland losses.

To calculate the Magic Number, determine the number of games yet to be played in the first half (5), add one (5+1=6), and subtract the number of games ahead in the loss column of the standings from the closest opponent (6-4=2).

Star of the Game: RHP Alec Asher – 6.0IP, 2H, R, 0BB, 8K

Talk about a tough-luck loss. Asher rocked and rolled through the first six innings of a scoreless game. He allowed a double to Andrew Aplin with two outs in the first and proceeded to retire the next 16 batters faced. “Big Cat” began the seventh and allowed a leadoff infield single to Nolan Fontana before Jason Wood sent him to the showers. Fontana would later score as the only run charged to Asher in the game.

He set a new season-high with eight strikeouts in the game to move his season total to 63, tied with teammate Jerad Eickhoff for fourth-most in the Texas League. Through 13 starts in 2014, the 6-foot-4 225-pound Asher owns a 3.14 ERA, an average good for ninth in the league.

In case you missed it:

-The ‘Riders grounded into double plays in three straight innings from the fifth to the seventh. Twice, the twin killing ended the inning with runners in scoring position.

-Frisco left ten men stranded and abandoned a runner on third base in three frames.

-Ryan Rua extended his on-base streak to 19 straight games on Wednesday with a bunt single in the fifth. Corpus Christi center fielder Andrew Aplin made a thrilling catch one inning later to rob Rua of a run-scoring base hit.

-Trever Adams hit the only extra-base hit of the night for the RoughRiders on a double to left in the eighth inning.

-The Hooks committed four errors in the game, two of which came on failed pickoff attempts to first base.

Enjoy the highlights, and thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – May 10

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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.

 

RoughRiders’ Travel Stats

Baseball is a game of numbers.  Batting average, fielding percentage, home runs, total bases, etc.  There’s a value and a statistic for virtually everything.  However, some of the most interesting numbers for the ‘Riders this season have come off the field. Like every baseball team, the ‘Riders spend a lot of time traveling.  How much?  I’m glad you asked.

Road games: 70

Road trips: 12

Total miles driven: 10,449

Total time on the bus: 178 hours, 45 minutes (approx. 7.5 days)

Gallons in the bus’ fuel tank: 250

Miles per tank of gas: 1,200

Bus MPG: 4.8

Cost of diesel fuel per gallon: $3.86

Gallons of gas used this season: 2,177

Total cost of gas for the season: $8,403

Total time in Midland, TX: Approx. 336 hours

Episodes of Entourage watched on the bus: All of them

Total number of card games played: 1,284

Shortest trip: Northwest Arkansas to Tulsa (1 hour, 45 minutes; 109 miles)

Longest trip: Midland to Corpus Christi (7 hours, 30 minutes; 475 miles)

Average time of arrival: 4:42 a.m.

No doubt, this has been a fun year for the ‘Riders.  But as you can see, there’s a lot that goes into getting the guys around the Texas League.  Big thanks to Carlos Coleman, the best driver in the Texas League.

The current road trip is almost halfway over.  Then it’s off to Corpus Christi for four games, then back home to finish of the regular season.  After that?  We’ll jump on the bus for San Antonio and the playoffs.

318 miles, 5 hours and 30 minutes.

-AG

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