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Weber providing boost from the bottom of the order

The RoughRiders dropped their second straight contest last night, falling 8-2 to Corpus Christi. One of the bright spots in Monday’s game, though, was the bottom of the order,

26752855676_e55b3b0148_zwhich combined to go 6-12 with both RBI (the top six spots in the order finished 4-23). Preston Beck was 2-4 with an RBI and Luis Mendez hit his first home run of the season for the RoughRiders.

“I think it was just beginning of the season for me,” said Weber about the slow start. “I just knew that I had to get the hang of it and get in the groove of Double-A pitching again.”

And then there’s Garett Weber, who continued his impressive stretch as of late with a 3-4 night at the plate. After going hitless in his first nine at-bats, the 27-year-old infielder is 8-for his last-16 at the plate, including three straight multi-hit games. And all the while, he’s also drawn four walks and scored six times.

Weber joined the Riders from Extended Spring Training on Monday to help fill some of the void left by the injured Luis Marte. It’s his first season in the Rangers organization after spending the first five years of his career as a member of the Diamondbacks farm system. The Rangers acquired him this December in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft. The Fresno State product was a career .299 hitter in his five seasons with the Arizona organization, and reached Triple-A Reno in 2014 and 2015.

26622997062_544f6acb8f_zWeber, who played his 500th career game on Sunday, is an intriguing addition the roster, and seems like someone that can provide some veteran leadership later in the season as he gets his feet more firmly under him in the Rangers organization.

“I feel like as the year goes on, [I’ll] maybe try to take on a little bit of a leadership role,” said Weber. “I’ve been there, I’ve been to the playoffs in Double-A, I’ve been in the playoffs in Triple-A. So, to kind of get there, maybe share some of my experience along the way.”

Once Marte comes off the DL, we’ll find out what’s next for Weber. However, if he keeps playing at this level, it’ll be hard to put him anywhere below Double-A.

For more on his transition to the Rangers organization and his thoughts on his first week with Frisco, listen to my interview with him that aired yesterday on the Dr Pepper Pregame Show.

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Weed eater – A ground ball that hugs the ground

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Mendonca, Team USA Take Silver

As you might have seen on ESPN, Team Canada topped Team USA yesterday to take the gold medal in the Pan American Games.  A familiar name to RoughRiders’ fans, Jimmy Van Ostrand, drove in both of Canada’s runs as they edged Tommy Mendonca and the US team, 2-1.  For what’s it’s worth, Matt Hicks, the “Voice of the Hooks,” told me at one point during the season that Van Ostrand was one of the best guys he’s ever met in minor league baseball.

Tommy Mendonca celebrates with his teammates at home plate. (Arnulfo Franco/AP)

Mendonca, the ‘Riders 2011 everyday third baseman, batted seventh in the championship game and finished 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.  However, those numbers aren’t a fair representation of his overall performance during the Games.  In the opener of the Pan American Games, the Fresno State product went 3-for-4 with two doubles, six RBIs and two runs scored as the United States thumped the Dominican Republic, 20-2.   In his first three tournament games he hit .455 with nine RBIs.

Along with Van Ostrand, the Canadian team featured Northwest Arkansas’ Tim Smith and Jamie Romak.  Arkansas’ Matt Shoemaker, the Texas Leauge Pitcher of the Year, joined Tommy on the US squad.  As did Matt Clark (San Antonio, ’10) and former RoughRider Chad Tracy.

Game 6 of the World Series is tonight (maybe).  The Cardinals’ batting practice is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. with the Rangers hitting an hour later if possible. Game 6 has officially be postponed due to rain.  We’ll have to wait until Thursday.