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Happy Fourth of July!

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Frisco fell behind 5-1 after a rough third inning, but chipped away at the deficit and stormed ahead with a monster five-run seventh. Click here to read the full game recap.

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

Odubel continues to knock the cover off the cowhide and extended his hit streak to ten games on Friday. On U.S. Independence Day, the Venezuelan drove in the first run of the game and later tied the game at 5-5 to cap a four-run rally. ‘Dubel is clobbering at a .352 clip in the Texas League this season (43 games) and at an astronomical .421 rate over his last ten games. With the ‘Riders, the southpaw has 18 runs, eight doubles, two triples, one home run and 25 RBI.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders are undefeated in the state of Arkansas this season with a perfect 9-0 record.

-The ‘Riders also won their fourth straight game for the first time since May 29.

-Friday’s four-run rally marked the second time this season the ‘Riders overcame such a deficit and went on to win the ballgame. The first instance occurred way back on April 10 in an 11-7 win over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Frisco fell behind 4-0 in the first inning, tied the game at four in the top of the third and then fell behind 7-4 in the fourth. It was all RoughRiders the rest of the way, however, as they scored seven unanswered to win their second straight in what would become a ten-game winning streak. The ‘Riders smashed four home runs in the game (Jordan Brown, Drew Robinson, Trever Adams, Ryan Rua) and Rougned Odor finished 2-for-5 with a run scored.

-Gallo watch: 2-for-4, R, IBB, 2K

Joey drew his first intentional walk in the Texas League in a move that backfired on the Travelers. He rebounded nicely after striking out in his first two at-bats of the night.

-Patrick Cantwell was hit by a pitch for the tenth time this season (most on the team) when Drew Rucinski plunked him on the left wrist in the fifth inning.

-Tomás Telis’ entered the game with his batting average below .300 for the first time since May 4, a streak of 46 games.

-Wilmer Font earned his first win on the mound since April 17 against Corpus Christi.

 

 

One day after Edwar Cabrera tossed eight innings of shutout baseball, the southpaw regales his longest outing of the season with Alex on the Pregame Show. Interestingly enough, the last time Cabrera threw that many frames also came against the Travelers but in 2012 when he belonged to the Colorado Rockies organization (Tulsa Drillers). Edwar admits lobbying Jason Wood to pitch the ninth, but respects his skipper’s decision:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Fear and Loathing [of] Las Vegas

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There is no love lost between the Arkansas Travelers and two of the heroes from last night’s game for the RoughRiders, Joey Gallo and Drew Robinson. Both propsects hail from Sin City and cashed in in a big, big way on Thursday as each homered in a 2-0 win. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: LHP Edwar Cabrera – 8.0IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 7K

Joey and Drew provided the offense, but really, it was the least they could do in support of Edwar, who produced a gem on Thursday. The Dominican refused to allow an extra-base hit over his longest outing of the season. Incidentally, the last time the southpaw tossed eight innings also came at Dickey-Stephens Park back in 2012, when Cabrera pitched in the Colorado Rockies organization with the Tulsa Drillers. He lobbied field manager Jason Wood to pitch the ninth, but graciously said he respects Wood’s decision. Caby is now 4-6 with a 3.07 ERA on the season.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders are undefeated in the state of Arkansas this season with a perfect 8-0 record.

-The ‘Riders also won their third straight game for the first time since June 6.

-Frisco shut out an opponent for the ninth time this season, tied with San Antonio for the most in the league.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-5, R, HR, RBI, 3SO

You take the trio of strikeouts when Joey breaks a scoreless tie on a solo home run in the eighth inning on the road. The hulking left-handed hitter now has 30 home runs this season, more than anyone in either Minor League or Major League Baseball this season (Kris Bryant of Triple-A Iowa is in second with 28). His nine home runs in the Texas League already ranks ninth in the league and Gallo has played in just 21 games.

-Gallo’s home run off David Carpenter, a pitcher with nearly 50 career innings of big league experience, was the first run allowed by Carpenter in nearly 17 innings.

-The ‘Riders say bon voyage to Ryan Strausborger after a brief, but explosive stint with the ‘Riders. For the first time in eight games with Frisco, Strausborger failed to register a base knock or score a run. The speedy center fielder batted .417 (15-for-36) with four extra-base hits, four RBI and nine runs scored.

-First baseman Trever Adams made a circus catch in foul territory in the eighth inning. On a towering pop fly from Eric Stamets, Adams drifted across the line and made the snag after the ball bounced out of glove and caromed off his melon (and back into his mitt).

-In addition to his heroics at the plate, Robinson made two acrobatic plays in right field to help Cabrera in the fourth. Robinson dove to retire Alex Yarbrough on a line drive. Later, he veered into foul territory and crashed into the wall to end the inning on a fly ball from Mike Bianucci.

 

 

Backstop Patrick Cantwell chats about his chemistry with certain battery mates and discusses his growth at the plate this season:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Finding Home

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By: Jay Wallis

Double-A baseball teams play 140 regular season games over a span of five months. The commitment goes far beyond this as players have spring training beforehand and possible postseason play afterward. To add to this, while it is too cold to play in America during the winter months, many players will travel and compete in offseason leagues overseas.

Professional baseball at any level requires dedication, sacrifice and effort to achieve sustained success. Challenges and changes inevitably emerge at any stage of a player’s career, whether in rookie ball or on the doorstep of a major league call-up.

Many players have to face these obstacles with their families scattered across the country or even the globe. However, in spite of distance and other obstacles, many RoughRiders make a diligent effort to keep their families as close as possible.

Frisco pitcher Kyle Lotzkar decided to forgo college and enter the amateur draft. The reliever was selected 53rd overall and took his talents to the Cincinnati Reds.

When Lotzkar was 17, he left his Canadian hometown of Tsawwassen to play pro ball in the United States. He traveled south to Sarasota, Florida to play for a Reds affiliate in a rookie league. Living out of a hotel with some teammates, Lotzkar wasn’t completely ready for his new life.

“During the first couple of months, I got homesick quick,” Lotzkar said. “Most guys were like three or four years older than me. Luckily, since I signed in the summer, I only had to play about four months and then I got back home. I’ve worked to stay in touch with my family ever since.”

As if the rigorous training a pitcher goes through wasn’t enough, the young Lotzkar had to push himself to work every day, literally.

“I didn’t have a car and didn’t have any money to start,” Lotzkar said, “We actually managed to find a really greasy, used car dealership and we rented a car for literally five bucks a day,” Lotzkar said. “It was something like an old 1996 Ford Explorer we’re driving around, and it’d barely even make it to the field. We ended up pushing it almost every other day just to get it started. So that’s kind of how we survived—we were paying five bucks a day for a rental car.”

Shortstop Guilder Rodriguez also came from a foreign country to play professional baseball in the U.S. Like Lotzkar, the Venezuelan veteran understands the value of an American dollar.

“During my first three or four years, I didn’t have a cell phone,” Rodriguez said. “Not too many players in rookie ball had cell phones. So I paid to use a phone card in a station for five dollars and it gave me five minutes for a call to Venezuela. I then had a fast conversation with my family and checked on my father, mother, brother and sisters. I tried to talk to everybody in my family for five dollars. It was crazy.”

Now in his 14th season, G-Rod has his own cell phone and is often seen talking to his family at the ballpark before games. The knowledge his family is back home rooting him on is the perfect drive to push through the long season.

“My father and my whole family are just happy because not too many players have the opportunity to play here for a long time,” Rodriguez said. “My father always told me, ‘I want to see you one day in the big leagues.’ He saw me and now sees me. It’s the dream.”

Even though Rodriguez has been able to fly his parents in from Venezuela a few times to see him play, not all his teammates are as fortunate.

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Edwar Cabrera isn’t here to just play baseball; the 26-year-old lefty is here to support his family back in the Dominican Republic. Cabrera has a dream of one day seeing his family in America, sitting in seats, watching him on the mound. This process, though, can be complicated.

“I really want to try and bring my family here so they can see me pitch,” Cabrera said. “It’s a little bit hard because in the Dominican, some people don’t have visas. I want them to all get visas one day, and I want to bring them all over here to watch.”

Cabrera doesn’t let this complication get in the way of hearing his mom’s advice. If you happen to be in the ballpark a few hours before a ‘Riders game, there is a good chance you’ll find Cabrera, headphones in, sitting near the batting cages attentively listening to his mom.

“I am always talking to my mom,” Cabrera said. “Every day, she says, ‘You have to think God first.’ He will take care of you. She reminds me to remember that no matter where you are or what level you are playing, tell yourself every single day that God comes first and then everything else second. That talk helps me get through everything.”

Whatever route they took along the way, these three have paved individual paths in order to reach their destination. Sometimes it has taken a little push to get an old car to the ballpark or a nudge from a family member thousands of miles away, but no matter the means, these RoughRiders have worked to maintain in Frisco what they left behind—home.

Ten RoughRiders Chosen as Mid-Season All-Stars

14113697719_8d4923a6ee_bBy: Chris Vosters, Jay Wallis and Cameron Varnau

The Frisco RoughRiders have been a force in the Texas League so far and their record-number All-Star selections reflects this dominance. The league announced that ten of the team’s players will be 2014 Texas League Mid-Season All-Stars. The game will be played at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas on Tuesday, June 24 at 7:15 p.m.

The selection committee voted four ‘Riders pitchers and six position players to the South Division side. Starting pitchers Alec AsherEdwar Cabrera and Luke Jackson will travel to Arkansas as well as reliever Phil Klein. Infielders Rougned OdorGuilder Rodriguez and Ryan Rua each earned spots on the squad in addition to outfielder Jake Smolinski and catcher Tomás Telis. Infielder Odubel Herrera will replace Odor, who is currently with the Texas Rangers. Rua will serve as the starting third baseman for the South Division and Smolinski will start the contest in the outfield.

The RoughRiders boast more All-Stars than any team in the Texas League. This is the most mid-season all-stars for the ‘Riders since 2011 when Frisco also earned nine selections, including current Texas Ranger Leonys Martin.

Balloting for the Texas League All-Star Game was conducted by votes gathered from managers, coaches, broadcasters and beat writers representing all eight teams.

FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS MID-SEASON ALL-STARS

Ryan Rua – 3B: The RoughRiders’ everyday third baseman is batting .318 (67-for-211) through 59 games with the club this season. Of his 67 hits, good for second in the Texas League, 12 have been doubles, and his ten home runs are tied for fifth in the league with teammate Jake Smolinski. The native of Amherst, Ohio also ranks third in on-base and slugging percentage with totals of .395 and .526, respectively, and has 32 RBI. This will be Rua’s first all-star appearance in the Texas League; however, the utility infielder was named to the Mid-Season and Postseason All-Star teams in the South Atlantic League in 2013 for his efforts with the Hickory Crawdads.

Jake Smolinski – OF: In his eighth season and first in the Rangers organization, the 25-year-old native of Rockford, Illinois has shown patience at the plate and the power to go deep as his .516 slugging percentage reveals. Reaching base in 53 of 61 games, Smolinski finds a way to get on and work his way home. The left fielder leads Frisco in doubles (13) and walks (28), and paces the Texas League in runs scored (39). He is also second in the Texas League with 26 extra-base hits. He has been a dependable defender as well, going a team-high 27 consecutive games without an error. Smolinski also garnered Mid-Season All-Star honors with the Double-A Jacksonville Suns in 2012.

Alec Asher – RHP: The 22-year-old native of Lakeland, Florida has earned his way onto the 2014 Texas League All-Star team with his league-leading 71 1/3 innings pitched. He accumulated those innings across 12 starts with a 6-4 record and 3.28 ERA. The 6-foot-4 righty has issued 58 hits in 262 at-bats, which is good for an opponent average of .221, the fifth-lowest mark among qualified starters in the Texas League. This will be Asher’s first Texas League All-Star Game; he was named to the Carolina League Mid-Season All-Star team in 2013.

Edwar Cabrera – RHP: The native of Baní, Dominican Republic is no stranger to All-Star appearances as he was a South Atlantic Mid-Season All-Star with Asheville in 2011. He also represented the Tulsa Drillers as a Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star in 2012. In his first season with the Rangers organization, the southpaw is 2-3 with a 3.40 ERA in nine games as a starter and has struck out 44 in 47 2/3 innings of work. As a reliever, Cabrera has a 2.61 ERA with one save in 10.1 innings pitched.

Odubel Herrera – INF: Herrera, 22, is in the second season with the ‘Riders and made the All-Star Game last year as well. The native of Zulia, Venezuela is batting .282 (24-for-85) with a home run, three doubles, a triple and 14 RBI in 22 games. He began the season with Advanced-A Myrtle Beach and was called up May 12. In his second game with the team, the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder matched a season-high with four hits against the Midland RockHounds. Since that time, Herrera has become a reliable infielder for the RoughRiders. He has not been charged with an error since returning to the Texas League.

Luke Jackson – RHP: As the 2013 Nolan Ryan Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Jackson is making his first All-Star appearance in Double-A. He made the All-Star team last year with the Advanced-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans. The Floridian is fourth in the Texas League in ERA (2.55), first in wins (7), second in strikeouts (85), sixth in innings pitched (67) and third in WHIP (0.96). Jackson ranks fourth among starters in allowing just 9.29 baserunners per nine innings. During one of his best outings of the year on April 21, the 6-foot-2 righty took a perfect game into the sixth inning against the San Antonio Missions and allowed just three hits to go along with eight strikeouts and no walks in seven innings pitched.

Phil Klein – RHP: The 6-foot-7, 250-pound right-hander has been in the Rangers organization since 2011 and worked his way up to the ‘Riders in 2013. Being called up to Frisco for part of the 2013 season, Klein has improved in almost every statistical category compared to last year. Among Texas League pitchers, the reliever has the second-lowest batting average among relievers (.152) and strikes out 11.75 batters per nine innings, the third-lowest ratio in the league. He has become the RoughRiders’ closer and is a perfect 7-for-7 in save chances. The former Youngstown State Penguin has worked eight straight scoreless appearances and has not conceded more than one run in any single game this season. After walking ten in his first eight outings, Klein has only walked three in his last 12 appearances.

Rougned Odor - INF: The Rangers’ 2013 Tom Grieve Minor League Player of the Year earns his second straight All-Star selection after starting the 2013 Carolina League All-Star Game at second base. In 32 games with the RoughRiders in 2014, Odor batted .279 and slugged .450 with 36 hits (two doubles, one triple, six home runs) and 17 RBI. His work led to a promotion to the Texas Rangers on May 8. He has played in 24 big league games with Texas and is batting .290 with seven runs, 20 hits and two home runs in 69 at-bats.

Guilder Rodriguez – INF: The fourteen-year professional played his first 12 seasons without an All-Star selection, but is now set to appear in his second consecutive Texas League All-Star Game. The switch-hitter has played the most minor league games (1,040) among all current players who have no big league experience. With multiple hits in five of the last eight games, Rodriguez ranks first in the Texas League in batting average .380 (27 for 71) and second in on-base percentage (.457) since his return from Triple-A Round Rock on May 15. The utility infielder has settled into the shortstop position this year but is still diverse enough to play where his team needs him. Since joining Frisco in 2009, Rodriguez has played every position except catcher. 

Tomás Telis – C: The switch-hitting catcher returns to the Texas League All-Star roster for the second consecutive year after making his first appearance in 2013. Telis was also selected for two previous All-Star teams in the 2008 DSL All-Star Game, in which he was named MVP, and in the 2011 South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Telis is batting a league-leading .327 (56-for-171) in 45 games this season. He has scored 18 runs with 11 doubles, two triples, two homers and 26 RBI, and has posted an .807 OPS.

‘Riders Rewind – May 21

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After a day off on Tuesday, the ‘Riders returned to the Doc for the first time since May 11 and welcomed Tulsa for the Drillers’ inaugural appearance in the Metroplex this season. Much like the entire series, Wednesday’s game was advertised as a pitcher’s dual and it did not disappoint. Click here to read the full game recap.

Frisco’s Edwar Cabrera went seven innings, his longest outing of the season, and allowed one run on seven hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Daniel Winkler matched his counterpart with a seven-frame performance of his own and allowed one run on four hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Winkler entered the night with the lowest earned run average in the Texas League.

Neither starter factored into the decision, however, as it was Patrick Cantwell who snapped a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the eighth with his first home run of the year. Phil Klein shut down the Drillers in the ninth to earn his fourth save in 2014.

Although scoring was limited, the game featured plenty of exciting moments, namely a controversial play at the plate in which home plate umpire Ron Teague ruled Teodoro Martinez safe.

Later, a Delta Cleary, Jr. RBI double ended with a tying run scored for the Drillers and Cleary himself subsequently caught in a rundown between second and third on the same play.

Star of the Game: C Patrick Cantwell – 1/4, HR, R, RBI

The Drillers had rallied to tie the score in the seventh and the game seemed destined for extra innings because of the pitching from both teams. Cantwell stepped to the plate with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the eighth and crushed an 0-1 offering from Ken Roberts to the upper part of the berm in left field.

It was a no-doubter if there ever was one, and great to see from Cantwell, who blasted the first Double-A home run of his career after a strong showing in batting practice before the game. The RoughRiders have now cracked 36 home runs as a team this year, but no one received a reception in the dugout like Cantwell on Wednesday night. Cantwell’s teammates swarmed around the steps of the dugout and even spilled onto the warning track as he touched home, a true testament to his reputation in the clubhouse and the overall chemistry on this team.

 

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – May 15

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Like a scene from the zombie apocalypse, the Midland RockHounds refused to die and finally bit the RoughRiders in the 11th inning to salvage a series split at Security Bank Ballpark. Click here to read the full game recap.

It’s only the middle of May, but a bullpen collapse of that proportion should do more than raise a red flag. It should sound an alarm. Frisco threw the gamut at Midland after starter Edwar Cabrera left the game, desperate to find anybody who could keep the Hounds off the board for an inning, or in some cases, simply earn an out.

No one had an answer as five different relievers combined to pitch 3 2/3 innings and allow seven runs on seven hits with seven walks and a hit batter. The results overshadowed a fantastic night by the offense; the bats swung for 15 hits and the ‘Riders scored multiple runs in four different innings, including the three-run tenth.

Star of the Game: CF Teodoro Martinez – 3-for-5, 2B, 2R, 3RBI

Teo drove in at least one run in every game of the series against Midland and bopped multiple hits in each of the last three games. His run-scoring double to left in the sixth inning on Thursday nearly left the yard for what would have been his first home run of the season.

Drew Robinson (2-for-5, HR, 3B, 2R, 2RBI) and Ryan Rua (3-for-6, 3B, 2B, 3R, RBI) both turned in strong outings, but Teo takes the cake because of timeliness. I know Robinson led off the ninth with a triple in a tie ballgame, but the Venezuelan’s run-scoring single in the tenth gave the ‘Riders a lead in extras that should have been enough to win. The 22-year-old scored later in the frame on an infield single by Patrick Cantwell to put his team up 10-7.

“Cafe” also cranked his double with two outs on the board to spark a two-run rally for Frisco in the sixth.

 

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

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