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The Frisco RoughRiders return home today on a two-game winning streak to begin the final month of the 2013 regular season and are looking to improve on their recent home struggles.
Frisco took to the road last week after having lost three games, including two straight shut outs, at Dr Pepper Ballpark. The ‘Riders continued to skid in their first three games in San Antonio against the Missions, going 38 consecutive scoreless innings and three straight shutout defeats. Odubel Herrera ended that streak, however, with an RBI double in the fourth inning on Friday. Frisco’s six-game losing streak ended Sunday when the ‘Riders scored seven unanswered runs against the Missions to avoid the sweep.
The ‘Riders then traveled to West Texas for three games against the RockHounds. After dropping game one in Midland, Frisco’s offense came alive on Tuesday, defeating the ‘Hounds 11-6. Rangers pitcher and RoughRiders alum Matt Harrison began his rehab Wednesday as the ‘Riders won 2-1 to take the series. This was Frisco’s first series win since the beginning of July.
The RoughRiders also announced today a list of roster moves as they ready themselves for this four-game home stand that will feature outings from Rangers rehabbers Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison. Carlos Pimentel has been promoted to Triple-A Round Rock and the RoughRiders received five players from the Advanced-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans: righthanded pitchers Jon Edwards, Luke Jackson, and Francisco Mendoza as well as infielders Rougned Odor and Luis Sardinas. Four players have been transferred from Frisco to Myrtle Beach: Hanser Alberto, Odubel Herrera, Nick McBride and Kevin Pucetas.
These are the matchups we expect to see on the mound for the upcoming two series:
Saturday: RHP Colby Lewis (0-1, 8.31 ERA) vs RHP Juan Oramas (0-2, 4.58 ERA)
Sunday: LHP Matt Harrison (2-2, 3.24 ERA) vs RHP Keyvius Sampson (9-4, 2.43 ERA)
- $1 Dr Pepper Thursdays
- RoughRiders Horse Race presented by Whataburger
- Friday Night Post-game fireworks
- Smashburger SMASH inning
- Kids Run the Bases
- Raising Cane’s Grand Slam Sunday
Baseball term of the day: Death valley – a particularly deep outfield area in a ballpark. Because of the depth, it is more difficult to hit home runs.
(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)
It’s often said that the Texas weather is unpredictable, that if you don’t like the weather just wait ten minutes. Lately, those sentiments have been true.
Last week, North Texas was experiencing triple-digit heat, then Sunday, clouds covered the sky and the temperatures dropped into the mid-80s, just in time for the RoughRiders four-game home stand against the San Antonio Missions.
The rain was on and off all day Sunday, but the ‘Riders and Missions’ 6 p.m. contest fell perfectly in a two hour dry window. Monday, however was a different story, as the rain caused a rare July postponement. Today the teams will play a double-header beginning at 4:30.
The last time the RoughRiders had a July rain out was the summer of 2010 when Frisco had three postponed games in the month.
- July 12, 2010 against Arkansas (North Little Rock).
This is the most recent July rain out. The ‘Riders and Travelers played a double header the next day (July 13), splitting the two games.
- July 8, 2010 against Springfield (Springfield).
Frisco and the Cardinals made up this game in a double header two days later on July 10, splitting the games.
- July 2, 2010 against Springfield (Frisco)
The RoughRiders and Cardinals made this game up the next day (July 3). Frisco won both games of the double header.
**According to all available records, this appears to be the only other time that Frisco had a rain out at Dr Pepper Ballpark in the month of July.
This is the third double header the RoughRiders have played this season, the second at Dr Pepper Ballpark. The season opener on April 4 in Arkansas was rained out to the next day, and Frisco split the double header. May 29 in Frisco against the Springfield Cardinals was the second postponed game, and again, the ‘Riders made up the game the next day and split the two games.
Today, Kevin Pucetas (8-7, 4.84 ERA) is on the mound for game one at 4:30 p.m., and will face Matt Wisler (4-3, 3.15 ERA) for the Missions. Arlett Mavare (1-2, 6.12 ERA) will start the second game against Donn Roach (6-8, 3.93). The second game of tonight’s double header will begin as close to 7 p.m. as possible.
Ranger’s center fielder Craig Gentry and third baseman Jeff Baker will continue their rehab assignments.
Baseball Term of the Day: Solid up the middle – Said of a team that has excellent players at catcher, second base, shortstop and center field.
The Frisco RoughRiders began a four-game home stand against the San Antonio Missions Sunday hoping to turn things around and put aside their recent struggles in July. This month, Frisco has won just four of the 12 games, and went 1-5 on their last home stand.
This short home stand will also feature three Rangers rehabbers. Craig Gentry, recovering from a non-displaced fracture to his left hand, started at center field on Sunday. Outfielder Jeff Baker was placed on the disabled list June 18 after spraining his right thumb and will begin a rehab assignment Monday in Frisco. Colby Lewis will also rehab with the ‘Riders for a second time this season, recovering from a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow from last July and has battled triceps tendinitis and muscular soreness since. Lewis will make the start on Wednesday.
Wednesday: RHP Colby Lewis (0-0, 7.71 ERA) vs TBA
- RoughRiders Horse Race presented by Whataburger
- Dollar Dog Night
- RoughRiders Horse Race presented by Whataburger
Baseball term of the day: Can of corn – An easily caught fly ball
(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)
At every RoughRiders home game, fans can pick up a free PlayBall! game day program as they enter the gates of Dr Pepper Ballpark.
Inside, fans can read about the day’s game in the “Leading Off” section and read fun facts about the individual ‘Riders players in “Outside the Lines.” Toward the back of PlayBall!, in the section “7th Inning Stretch,” you can find a feature story on a certain player, coach or other special individual within the RoughRiders family. Below are the two most recent feature stories from the last few home stands.
An Inspirational Sign
Former RoughRider Jake Brigham opened up about how his father has been his inspiration throughout his life. Every day, Jake gets a call from his father, Earl Brigham-on an iPad. Earl Brigham is not a young or even a particularly hip parent. He loves technology, sure, but Earl doesn’t call his son on the iPad every day to be cool. He calls Jake on his iPad because it’s the only way he can. This story ran from May 13-20 and May 28 – June 2, shortly after Brigham’s promotion to Triple-A Round Rock on May 1, 2013.
Best in the League
Strength and Conditioning Coach Eric McMahon and Athletic Trainer Carlos Olivas were honored as the 2012 Texas League Strength & Conditioning and Athletic Trainer of the year, voted on by their Texas League peers. Read about the reactions from the two coaches, and what they say is different about working in the Rangers system. This story ran from June 12-23.
If you missed previous stories from the PlayBall!, they will be posted at the bottom of the team website under the “Frisco RoughRiders Features.”
Baseball Term of the Day: “Play ball!” – The command issued by the home plate umpire to start a game or to resume play.
Happy Independence Day, America!
The 4th of July, America’s birthday, is a day full of family time, fun and fireworks. It is also a time when we remember our past and recognize the freedoms and liberties we have in this country.
If you are searching for something to do on this holiday, the RoughRiders have you covered! The next three nights (July 4,5 & 6) fireworks will light up the Frisco sky at Dr Pepper Ballpark following each game.
The RoughRiders will also be sporting their camouflage uniforms with their black hats. *The ‘Riders are 9-1 all-time on July 4 and have won their last eight Independence Day games (including a 4-0 record against Arkansas, tonight’s opponent).*
So come on out to the ballpark and enjoy the holiday weekend with great baseball, delicious food and awesome fireworks displays.
Baseball Term of the Day: America’s pastime – The game of baseball.
With one powerful swing of the bat, Pat Lobb Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Frisco gave away a brand new 2013 Jeep Wrangler to a lucky Frisco RoughRiders fan at Dr Pepper Ballpark on Friday night. Jana Tucker, a Frisco resident, was the lucky winner of the Pat Lobb Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Magic Swing Promotion.
“I heard the crack of the bat and then closed my eyes-I was so freaked out,” Jana said. “My hands started shaking, my knees went out from beneath me. I couldn’t believe it.”
The promotion awards the contestant with a brand new Jeep Wrangler if the RoughRiders hit a home run on the first swing of the bat during the bottom of the fifth inning. That is exactly what ‘Riders All-Star catcher Tomas Telis did with the first offering from Jorge De Leon in the bottom of the fifth.
“I didn’t think the ball would go over the fence,” said Mark McEachern, a representative from Pat Lobb. “I didn’t see it go over. I just saw the crowd’s reaction. I turned and looked at Jana and she looked at me like, ‘That just happened!”
The Venezuelan backstop, who had clubbed just two home runs in 40 games played this season, launched the first pitch of the inning onto the grass berm over the left-center field fence. The home run gave Frisco a 2-0 lead in an eventual 3-2 extra-innings loss against the Corpus Christi Hooks.
”What a night for that to happen; [Ian] Kinsler [rehabbing] at second, the big Friday night crowd, the post-game fireworks-the atmosphere was just electric,” Mark said.
Steven Nelson, Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships with the RoughRiders has been working in sports now for around ten years in the Frisco area and says this is the most exciting thing he’s ever seen.
“When the swing of the bat happened and I saw the ball go off, I thought ‘please have enough to just go over the wall,” said Steven. “I almost felt like I won the Jeep.”
This is only the third game this season that Pat Lobb Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has given a local fan the chance to take home a brand new Jeep Wrangler, and the Frisco RoughRiders hope for more winners to come in the future.
“Thank you to the family and thank you to Pat Lobb. We are really excited for the partnership and look forward to continuing it for years to come,” Nelson said.
Pat Lobb Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Frisco just opened their doors in May, 2013. A part of the Pat Lobb Auto Group, the nearly 60,000 square foot facility is the premier Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in North Texas.
“It’s been an exciting promotion for Pat Lobb all season long,” said Mark. “We’re excited to have this promotion and to be a part of the Frisco community. We look forward to carrying the relationship forward with Dr Pepper Ballpark and the Frisco RoughRiders.”
Jana Tucker and her family have been to a number of games, and have attended two this season. “Thank you to Pat Lobb and the RoughRiders. We will definitely be going to more ‘Riders games in the future.”
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It is with excitement that we at ‘Riders Insider announce that our blog has been ranked in the Top 10 of all Minor League Pro blogs for the month of April.
Each month, MLB.com Blogs ranks the team and fan blogs based on popularity and page views. In previous years, all team blogs were compiled together, both Major League and Minor League. With that system, ‘Riders Insider consistently stayed in the Top 50, remaining near #40 for the past year. Our highest rank in 2012 was at #32 in November (with ten Minor League blogs above ‘Riders Insider).
This year, MLB.com Blogs added the category of MiLB Pro, and during the first month of the 2013 season, ‘Riders Insider earned the #10 spot, sixth among minor league teams.
We would like to congratulate the top MiLB Pro blog of the month of April, Ben’s Biz Blog. Above ‘Riders Insider, ranked at #9, is 45 Miles From Fenway, the blog for the Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Redsox). In the 11th spot is Porcupines in Pinstripes, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders blog (Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees).
In keeping up with this blog, we strive to provide quality posts that our readers will enjoy. We don’t always post about baseball; however, we like to provide you with the inside scoop on the Frisco RoughRiders as a team and individual players, the Texas Rangers and events at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
Thank you to our readers for viewing our blog and placing us in the Top 10. We are really excited about this ranking, so please help us maintain and move us up in the rankings. We would love to hear from you about posts you’ve particularly enjoyed, or if you have suggestions on what you’d like us to cover in future posts.
In ‘Riders News:
We would like to wish pitcher Wilmer Font a happy 23rd birthday.
Last night, Carlos Pimentel threw seven innings of one-hit baseball and allowed just three baserunners as the Frisco RoughRiders went on to beat the Springfield Cardinals 1-0, tying the series at one apiece. The RoughRiders conclude their series with the defending Texas League Champion Cardinals tonight at 7:09 at Hammons Field in Springfield, MO.
Frisco continues their road trip tomorrow as they face the Tulsa Drillers for the first time this season.
Baseball term of the day: Whiz chuck: a swiftly pitched ball
This time ten years ago, the Frisco RoughRiders Inaugural season was just getting under way. 2012 was the 10th season of ‘Riders baseball, but 2013 marks ten full years in Frisco. As we continue Opening Weekend at Dr Pepper Ballpark, we’d like to take a small look at the past ten years.
Recently, while cleaning a storage area in the press box, we came across an April 1, 2003 Special Edition issue of The Dallas Morning News featuring Opening Day of the Frisco RoughRiders at Dr Pepper/Seven Up Ballpark.
Much can change in ten years. This time ten years ago, the US had been at war in Iraq for a little more than a month, occupying the majority of news coverage. In sports, A-Rod was playing his last season with the Rangers, and Don Nelson was still in Dallas as coach of the Mavs.
In their ten-year history, the RoughRiders organization and Dr Pepper Ballpark have had a number of changes and improvements added. However, it is neat to take a look at the ballpark and at the team as they were ten years ago. In 2003, Tim Ireland was the manager of the ‘Riders. Since then, others have taken the role, including Darryl Kennedy (’05-’06) Dave Anderson (‘07), Scott Little (‘08), Mike Miccuci (’09) and our current manager, former Rangers’ third baseman Steve Buchele, who made his Frisco debut in 2010.
Dr Pepper /Seven Up Ballpark was renamed Dr Pepper Ballpark on March 31, 2006, and has held the name since. Since 2003, many changes have been made to the ballpark itself with the addition and renovation of the concessions, scoreboard and lighting systems and other aspects. Just prior to the 2013 season, the ballpark underwent a major improvement process on new concessions and playground areas. Since its opening, Dr Pepper Ballpark has earned numerous recognition for its unique design, feel and fan amenities.
There have been 324 players to have played in the ‘Riders uniform, with 97 former RoughRiders making it to the big leagues. Many big-name players have starred in Frisco in these ten years, and the RoughRiders have had many successful season and memorable highlights. We look forward to another ten years of Frisco RoughRiders baseball.
Baseball term of the day: Through the Slot– A pitch that passes directly over home plate.
The ‘Riders home opener is less than a week away, coming next Thursday against the Arkansas Travelers at Dr Pepper Ballpark. The gates will open to all the lovely sights, sounds and smells of baseball: the perfectly manicured infield and outfield grass, players flinging the ball in warm-ups, the bustle and chatter of fans and, of course, the smell of ballpark food.
The RoughRiders poured in over $1 million in concessions this off-season into Dr Pepper Ballpark, upgrading and refreshing food and beverage options for the approximately half-a-million fans expected to pass through the gates this season.
The provisional rosters for the teams competing in the World Baseball Classic were recently announced and the RoughRiders will be well-represented in the third iteration of this relatively new showcase event. Of course, there may be some players added on or taken off before the tournament starts on March 2, but a quick scan of each squad’s roster reveals 15 players who at one point wore a RoughRiders uniform. Not including big league rehabbers, that number is 11. Here’s the full list of players who once plied their trade at Dr Pepper Ballpark that will soon be seeking baseball’s greatest international achievement:
United States of America
RHP R.A. Dickey (rehabbed with the ’Riders in 2004, making four starts)
LHP Derek Holland (made four starts during 2008 season, his last as a minor leaguer)
1B Mark Teixeira (rehabbed in 2004 & 2007 for two total games)
OF Tim Smith (played 36 games in 2009)
OF Nelson Cruz (rehabbed in 2010 & 2011 for six total games)
RHP Pedro Strop (made 36 relief appearances in 2009)
RHP Edinson Volquez (started 10 games in 2005 & 11 games in 2007)
RHP Jason Grilli (made a one-inning rehab start in 2009)
1B Adrian Gonzalez (played 45 games in 2003)
IF/OF Edgar Gonzalez (played 106 games in 2004)
RHP Luis Mendoza (pitched in 27 games – 26 starts – in 2007 & 2008)
SS Jurickson Profar (played 126 games in 2012)
OF Engel Beltre (played 302 games between 2009 & 2012)
C Salomon Manriquez (played 71 games in 2007)
SS Elvis Andrus (played 118 games in 2008)
As a bonus entry, LHP Richard Bleier (a RoughRider from 2010 – 2012) pitched for Team Israel in last fall’s WBC qualifying tournament. Israel lost to Spain in the Jupiter, Florida qualifier, failing to gain entry into the main event.