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‘Riders Rewind – June 13

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.

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

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.

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

Playoff Push: Why Rooting for San Antonio Is OK

With the RoughRiders’ 3-1 win over Midland and San Antonio’s 6-0 victory over Corpus Christi, Frisco is closing in on its sixth ever playoff appearance. Ultimately, the ‘Riders’ standing in the second-half race means nothing at this point because they already have the wild card spot secured if one is needed.

The first-half champion meets the second-half champion in the Texas League’s divisional round. However, San Antonio won the first half and lead the second half by six games with nine to go. This is where the wild card comes into play.

When one team wins both division titles in a season, the team with the second best overall record punches a ticket to the postseason. Frisco (73-58) already has the second-best mark clinched in the South Division, with Midland (59-72) and Corpus Christi (48-83) well below .500.

The only thing that can prevent the ‘Riders from going to the playoffs is a huge comeback by Midland for the second-half crown (Corpus has already been eliminated from the race). Midland’s “elimination number,” which is calculated just like a magic number but isn’t nearly as magical, sits at three. Thus, if the number of Midland losses plus San Antonio wins from now until the regular season equals or surpasses three, San Antonio wins the second half and Frisco claims the wild card.

Former RoughRider Robbie Erlin can help the 'Riders inch closer to the playoffs (James Garner).

With that being said, let’s set the table for the two games that matter tonight:

Frisco (Ben Snyder; 9-5, 4.21) vs. Midland (Gary Daley; 6-5, 4.50)
6:00 p.m. – Citibank Ballpark

The ‘Riders have owned Midland this season, posting a 15-8 record against the men from the Permian Basin. Four of Ben Snyder’s nine wins have come against the RockHounds, and his ERA sits at 4.26 in his eight appearances against them. However, Gary Daley loves facing the ‘Riders. Daley is 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA in 22 2/3 frames in three starts against Frisco in ’11. The rest of Midland’s pitching staff has an ERA of 5.68 against the ‘Riders.

San Antonio (Robbie Erlin; 0-0, 2.12) v. Corpus Christi (Erick Abreu; 6-6, 4.07)
6:05 p.m. – Whataburger Field
The Padres monitor their minor league pitchers’ innings more than most systems, so Robbie Erlin has only worked 17 innings in his four starts with the Missions. In his last two efforts, Erlin has tossed only five innings, so don’t expect a workhorse-like effort from the former RoughRider tonight. Abreu has labored against San Antonio this year (7 IP, 7 ER, 11 H). The Missions have a 19-4 mark against Corpus this season, which is the second-most lopsided season series in the TL (Frisco’s 10-2 record against Tulsa is the most lopsided).

If the ‘Riders win and the Missions lose tonight, then Frisco can clinch a playoff spot as early as tomorrow. Then, it’s time to think playoffs in North Texas for the second straight season.

- Brian

Very Long Travel Guide

In the Florida State League, no bus trip takes more than four hours. In the Appalachian League, the longest trip is less than five hours. It is much different here in the Texas League.

Thanks to billsportsmaps.com for the image.

To fans, a series finale doesn’t mean too much. To minor league baseball players, a series finale normally means a night on the bus. By the end of the regular season, the RoughRiders will have boarded the bus shortly after 29 of their 40 series finales. You can see how one of those bus trips went here.

Even though the RoughRiders are in the South Division, they actually have longer trips within their division than they do when playing against the North.

The longest trip for the RoughRiders is from Frisco to Corpus Christi, and it takes a little more than seven hours. The trip takes the ‘Riders through Waco, Round Rock, Austin, and San Antonio.

Speaking of San Antonio, that is the shortest trip in the division. Still, it is five hours away, which is a healthy trip in the bus, especially after a game that ends around 10 p.m. The other divisional trip takes the ‘Riders to Midland, and that journey takes around six hours.

The North road trips are a little easier (which is not the case for the other three teams–I’ll get to that in the moment). The bus ride to Springfield–seven hours–is the longest in the North and the second longest in the TL for the ‘Riders. The trips to Northwest Arkansas (five and a half hours), Arkansas (five hours) and Tulsa (four hours) are fairly manageable.

The unfortunate outlier in the TL is Corpus Christi. We mentioned that the RoughRiders’ longest trip is to Corpus. Well, that happens to be the Hooks’ second shortest ride of the season! It takes almost eight hours for them to get to Midland, and they go to Citibank Ballpark four times each season.

How about these trips to the North for the Hooks: Arkansas (11:19), Tulsa (11:21), and Northwest Arkansas (12:31). The big one is the journey to Springfield, which is right around 14 hours. And the Cardinals will make that journey from Corpus back home after their game at Whataburger Field Monday night. That doesn’t sound fun, and things aren’t much easier for San Antonio (longest trip is almost 12 hours) and Midland (longest trip is around 11 and a half hours).

There have been other fun trips in the Texas League throughout the years, such as El Paso, Texas to North Little Rock, Ark. (15:42); Albuquerque, N.M., to Memphis, Tenn. (16:01); El Paso, Texas to Jackson, Miss. (17:17). I don’t know how the schedules or the travel worked during these times. Regardless, the TL has spanned quite an area during its history.

Life in the minor leagues is not as glorious as it sounds. Fortunately for the RoughRiders, they only have five more regular season bus trips left.

- Brian

*Note: All times are according to Google Maps.

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