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Riders Reflections, part five: Favorite game

As we near the conclusion of the 2016 season, we wanted to take some time to reflect on the year that’s been. From now until Monday, we’ll look back on different elements of the season and some of the people and moments that stand out. Click here to read previous posts.

Today, we look back at our favorite games of the season.

NATHAN: July 23 at Corpus Christi

So it was a loss and all, but when a seven-year minor league veteran like Luis Mendez tells you that it was the best game he’s ever played in his life, you take notice.

It wasn’t hard to take notice of this one. The Riders struck early on Keegan Yuhl, who lead the league in ERA for a time this season, scoring three in the second and one in the fourth to knock him out of the game after just four innings. Frisco then lost that league when the Hooks tied the contest with three seventh inning runs off of Ryan Ledbetter. A rally off of stingy Eric Peterson and Ryan Thompson in the eighth inning put Frisco back up by two, 6-4, only to see the Hooks tie the game with a run in the bottom of the eighth (although they left the bases loaded) and a solo homer by Conrad Gregor in the ninth.

Frisco had a chance to move ahead on a single by Isiah Kiner-Falefa in the tenth, but Joe Jackson was thrown out at home plate on a throw by Ramon Laureano. The game stayed tied at 6-6 until Luis Marte blasted a home run in the top of the 14th inning to put the Riders ahead 7-6.

That brings us to David Perez. At the time, David was in the midst of some mighty struggles, having not worked in a week, and with his last outing coming in Corpus Christi as well: 0.0 IP, two batters faced, a four-pitch walk, and a single allowed. When Perez entered the ballgame, in the 10th, he was all the Riders had left. Frisco would have next gone to a position player.

Coming off an outing in which it looked as if the Riders coaching staff had very little confidence in him, he was brilliant. He pitched perfect frames in the 10th and 11th innings, and got out of a second-and-third, one-out jam in the 12th with a 4-2-3 double play.

In the 14th, however, now with a lead, he ran out of gas. A Nick Tanieulu homer tied it up to open the inning, and, five batters later, Garrett Stubbs won it with a single.

There was so many memorable moments, and with the matchup on paper favoring Corpus Christi (Yuhl against Pena) it would have been maybe the signature win of the year for the Riders. Instead it was a heart-breaking loss, yet still, a game that a minor league journeyman like Luis Mendez could immediately appreciate.

One of the best games he’s ever played in. Sounds like a game worthy of Game of the Year in my book.


STEVE: May 17 at Midland

There have been many great RoughRiders games this year, but the game on May 17 at Midland definitely stood out as the best of the year.

An 11:00 start time meant an early rise in West Texas. In addition to a large number of fans at Security Bank Ballpark for an education day, Yu Darvish was also making a Major League rehabilitation start that afternoon for the Riders. That added even more hype to the day.

Darvish dazzled the crowd for the first five innings, striking out six batters and allowing just one unearned run in the first. Frisco jumped on top early with three runs in the first inning and tacked on additional runs in the third, fourth, and fifth to lead 6-1 when Darvish departed.

However, the RockHounds fought back with four runs in the sixth inning to cut Frisco’s lead to one. After Juan Grullon and Jose Valdespina stopped the bleeding for the next two innings, Midland pushed across the tying run with two outs in the ninth inning.

With a runner on second, Matt Chapman hit an absolute blast to left field that would have easily left the yard the night before, when the wind was blowing out to left. But on this day, it was gusting in the opposite direction and the ball bounced off the wall for a double. Instead of a walk-off win, Midland had to settle for a 6-6 tie. We headed to extras after a Beau Taylor strikeout to end the inning.

After three scoreless frames, Lewis Brinson put the Riders back on top with a solo home run to right field with two outs in the top of the 13th. But in the bottom of the inning, down to their final out again, the RockHounds tied the game back up on a solo shot, courtesy of unlikely hero Wade Kirkland (who would not hit another home run until August 11). Kirkland was not even in the starting lineup that day; he pinch-ran for power-hitting first baseman Viosergy Rosa in the 11th inning but was left stranded on base.

Two innings later, with the bases loaded and two outs in the 15th, Ryan Cordell hit a pop up into shallow right field that appeared to be the third out of the inning. However, Franklin Barreto dropped the ball and two runs scored. Ronald Guzman followed with a two-run triple to add insurance to the lead.

Preston Beck, who came in to pitch the 14th inning, stayed on in the 15th to finish out the game and earn the win. Kirkland did his best to rally the ‘Hounds again, as he connected on a two-out RBI single, but Beck struck out Chapman, who represented the tying run with two runners on, to finally put an end to the ballgame.

Final score: Frisco 11, Midland 8
Game time: 5 hours, 2 minutes (longest game of the 2016 season)
Attendance: 8,488 (largest crowd for a 2016 road game)

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RYAN: April 29 vs. Corpus Christi

The guys took my two favorite games of the year, but the one on April 29 was a fun one, too. Trailing 7-3 entering the eighth, the Riders scored five runs to take the lead and knock off the Hooks 8-7. The early scoring came from a Zach Cone RBI double and a two-run triple from Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Chris Gimenez tied the game with an RBI single, and Ryan Cordell capped the rally with an RBI single to right field.

To add to the excitement, Corpus Christi worked a two-out rally, loading the bases against reliever Cody Palmquist. The righty, making his Double-A debut, struck out J.D. Davis to cap the thrilling win.

Frisco followed that one up with a three-run ninth inning rally the very next night to come away with a walk-off win against the Hooks.

It was a great way to cap a fun month of April, in which the Riders went 17-4 (.810), the best single-month winning percentage in team history. It seemed that this team could do no wrong for those first 21 games. Unfortunately, that magic didn’t carry over into the final months of the season, but those last few days of April were certainly memorable.


PART ONE (Wednesday): Breakout player

PART TWO (Thursday): Best single-game performance by an individual

PART THREE (Friday): Favorite pregame interview

PART FOUR (Saturday): Favorite promo night at Dr Pepper Ballpark

PART FIVE (Sunday): Favorite game

PART SIX (Monday): Our final thoughts on the 2016 season


Baseball term of the day: Glory time – A period late in a game during which a relief pitcher can earn a potential save.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders at Midland (8/27)

GAME #130 (2nd HALF GAME #61)

Frisco RoughRiders (60-69 overall, 22-38 2nd half) at Midland RockHounds (71-59 overall, 38-22 2nd half)
Saturday, August 27 – 7:00 p.m.
Security Bank Ballpark – Midland, TX

Watch: MiLB.TV (MID feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
This series: Game 1 of 3
This season: Game 23 of 28 (Tied 11-11)


  1. Andy Ibanez – 3B
  2. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 2B
  3. Joe Jackson – LF
  4. Eduard Pinto – RF
  5. Luis Marte – SS
  6. Alexeis Bell – DH
  7. Edwin Garcia – 1B
  8. Darin Mastroianni – CF
  9. Kellin Deglan – C

LHP Jack Snodgrass (3-0, 1.96 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Friday at San Antonio (L, 3-1)

Box Score
Postgame Notes


SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)


With all four runs in the game coming in the third, the RoughRiders lost 3-1 in the series finale to the San Antonio Missions, getting swept in the four- game set…The Riders outhit the Missions seven to two but dropped the finale of the series…CONNOR SADZECK fanned a career-high ten batters but suffered the loss…He walked only one and allowed three runs, two earned in six innings…San Antonio southpaw Tim Berry walked a season-high seven and allowed six hits but limited the RoughRiders to one run in five innings of work…The Missions bullpen limited the Riders to one baserunner, a ninth-inning single, the rest of the way…The Riders left nine on base and went just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.


While the RoughRiders were eliminated from winning the second half Sunday night, the club was still technically in contention for a postseason spot until last night. They needed Corpus Christi to win the second half and finish ahead of Midland for the second best overall record. While the Hooks are still in contention, with an elimination number of four, the Riders are now 10.5 games behind Midland in the overall standings with ten games left.


The 2016 RoughRiders got off to one of the best starts in team history. The club had the best record through all but one of the first 45 games of the season, beginning the year an impressive 5-0, 9-1, 17-4, 21-6, and 30-13. Since then, however, the Riders have struggled in the win column. In fact, at 22-38, Frisco is on-pace for the worst half in team history. The Riders have thrice gone 29-41, the worst mark to this point in team history: both halves of 2005 and the first half of last year. With a current winning percentage of .367, Frisco is on-pace to finish 26-44 in the second half.


After hitting .322 (19-for-59) with runners in scoring position on the homestand, the Riders have struggled in those spots during this road trip. Frisco is just 3-for-25 (.120) with runners in scoring position in the series, including 1-for-9 last night.


Over the last 21 games, the Riders have hit just 11 home runs as a team. Five of those have come off the bat of KELLIN DEGLAN, including a grand slam last Friday. On August 3 against Midland, he had his first two-homer game since June 24, 2014 with Class-A Hickory. Deglan has hit nine long balls this year, which leads all players on the active roster. Those homers have come in surges, though. The Canadian catcher went homerless in the months of April and June but hit two jacks in May, two more in a six-game span in July, and this stretch of five in 11 games played in which he has hit .229 (8-for-35) with a double, five HR, and 14 RBI.


Former RoughRiders catcher Jorge Alfaro (with Frisco in 2014-15) was recalled by the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday, but did not make his Major League debut last night. He was sent back down to Double-A Reading today. Alfaro missed a majority of last season with an injury before being dealt to the Phillies in the eight player trade for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman. Alfaro is the 147th former RoughRider to make the big leagues and eighth to make the show for the first time this season along with Nomar Mazara (2014-2015 with Frisco, debuted with Texas Rangers), Brett Nicholas (2013 with Frisco, Rangers), Cody Ege (2015 with Frisco, Miami Marlins), MATT BUSH (2016 with Frisco, Rangers), Jared Hoying (2012-2013 with Frisco, Rangers), Richard Bleier (2012-2013 with Frisco, New York Yankees), JOSE LECLERC (2015- 2016 with Frisco, Rangers), and Jake Thompson (2014-2015 with Frisco, Phillies).


Tuesday’s shutout loss to San Antonio was the 16th time that Frisco has been shut out this season (most in the Texas League) and already the fifth time this month. The 16 shutout defeats is the most in Double-A and tied is now the most in team history (2009, 15). Brevard County (Brewers Class A-Advanced affiliate, Florida State League), has the most shutout losses in the minors with 21; Frisco is tied for the fourth-most, also behind Palm Beach (20), and Durham (18), and the club is tied with Beloit (16), Fort Wayne (16), and Kane County (16).


Righty Joel Seddon takes the ball for Midland in today’s series opener. He is in his third season as a professional and his first with the RockHounds. Seddon has a 1-1 record with a 3.71 ERA in five starts against Frisco… After a rough first half, when he went 1-6 with a 7.48 ERA, Seddon is 7-2 with a 1.76 ERA in the second half of the season…He’s won his last five decisions…The University of South Carolina product was selected by the Athletics in the 11th round of the 2014 draft. He was previously selected in the 20th round by Toronto out of St. Clair High School in 2011. He was mostly a reliever in college and in his first season in the Oakland farm system, but he made 14 starts in 34 appearances with Class A-Advanced Stockton last season. REPERTOIRE: Four- seam fastball, two-seam FB, changeup, slider, curveball.

Looking at the Riders Olympic medals leaderboard so far

Olympic Night RV

The RoughRiders have one of the more diverse rosters in the minors, with players coming from seven different countries (eight, if you include Riders assistant coach Sharnol Adriana, who’s from Curacao). As we prepare for Olympic Night this evening at Dr Pepper Ballpark, here’s an update on how each of those seven countries is doing in the Olympic medal count at this year’s games. Below, you’ll find a breakdown of players by country.




United States


34 32




3 13




2 4




1 2


Dominican Republic


0 1


Puerto Rico







0 0


BREAKING DOWN THE ROSTER (includes players on the DL)

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Ol’ rubber belly – A common nickname for a veteran player with a bulging waistline.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Series victory against Springfield

After topping Springfield 4-3 in the series opener Tuesday night, the RoughRiders won their second straight game yesterday. Behind a six-run fourth inning, a quality start by Reed Garrett, and an impressive performance at the plate by Alexeis Bell, the Riders clinched a series victory with a 9-6 win over the Cardinals.

This is the second time in the month of August that the Riders have reeled off two straight wins. However, Frisco has not won more than two games in a row since July. The Riders beat Corpus Christi in three straight road games on July 14-16, followed by another win at home against San Antonio on July 17.

Last night’s game was impactful for a few reasons:

1. The six-run fourth inning

The Riders have now had a six-run inning in two of the last three home games. In the series finale against Midland on August 3, prior to the last road trip, Frisco erupted for six runs in the fifth inning to lead them past the ‘Hounds 10-4. In addition, the Riders have collected a total of 12 hits with runners in scoring position in the last three home games.

2. Another quality start for Reed Garrett

Since returning from Class A-Advanced High Desert, Garrett has been much a much more effective starter. In 17 innings, he has allowed just five runs, four earned. Although the Riders lost his first two starts back with the team, coming on the road at San Antonio and Springfield, the offense provided enough support to earn Garrett a win last night.

3. Alexeis Bell breaks out

After going 8-for-26 on the road trip, Bell already has five hits in the last two home games. He mashed his first Minor League home run to get the big fourth inning started last night. If he stays hot, it will help the Riders offense continue to generate runs over the last few weeks of the season.

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: raftman – A slow outfielder who appears to be poling a raft rather than running.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

RoughRiders name game

How many professional baseball players share the same last name as current RoughRiders players? Which Riders players have original last names? We went to and used their “player search” feature to find out.

Scott Carroll – 1 of 5 players with the last name “Carroll”

Joe Filomeno – Only player with the last name “Filomeno”

Reed Garrett – 1 of 4 players with the last name “Garrett”

Juan Grullon – 1 of 4 players with the last name “Grullon”

Jefri Hernandez – 1 of 95 players with the last name “Hernandez”

Luke Jackson – 1 of 16 players with the last name “Jackson”

Ariel Jurado – Only player with the last name “Jurado”

Ryan Ledbetter – 1 of 2 players with the last name “Ledbetter”

Frank Lopez – 1 of 59 players with the last name “Lopez”

Jose Monegro – Only player with the last name “Monegro”

Adam Parks – Only player with the last name “Parks”

Richelson Pena – 1 of 49 players with the last name “Pena”

David Perez – 1 of 111 players with the last name “Perez”

Connor Sadzeck – Only player with the last name “Sadzeck”

Tanner Scheppers – Only player with the last name “Scheppers”

Ryne Slack – Only player with the last name “Slack”

Jack Snodgrass – Only player with the last name “Snodgrass”

Sam Wolff – Only player with the last name “Wolff”

Carson Blair – 1 of 5 players with the last name “Blair”

Kellin Deglan – Only player with the last name “Deglan”

Edwin Garcia has the most common baseball last name on the RoughRiders roster.

Edwin Garcia has the most common baseball last name on the RoughRiders roster.

Shaq Matta – Only player with the last name “Matta”

Edwin Garcia – 1 of 123 players with the last name “Garcia”

Andy Ibanez – Only player with the last name “Ibanez”

Isiah Kiner-Falefa – Only player with the last name “Kiner-Falefa”

Luis Marte – 1 of 18 players with the last name “Marte”

Luis Mendez – 1 of 22 players with the last name “Mendez”

Alberto Triunfel – 1 of 2 players with the last name “Triunfel”

Alexeis Bell – 1 of 9 players with the last name “Bell”

Ryan Cordell – Only player with the last name “Cordell”

Joe Jackson – 1 of 16 players with the last name “Jackson”

Darin Mastroianni – Only player with the last name “Mastroianni”

Eduard Pinto – 1 of 10 players with the last name “Pinto”

Top 3 most popular names: Garcia (123), Perez (111), Hernandez (95)

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: Nellie hitter – A hitter who hits to left center and right center.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Switching it up: Mendez describes his journey to switch-hitting

Mendez swith

The art of switch-hitting has always fascinated me. Imagine all the times you’ve tried doing something with your non-dominant hand/arm and how hard it was (at least, if your experience is anything like mine). When it comes to switch hitters, not only have they figured out to hit from both sides, but they do it well enough to hit respectably in professional baseball. I’m a righty, but I probably wouldn’t fare very well on either side of the plate against professional arms, let alone both sides.

All that said, I talked to Luis Mendez, one of the two switch hitters on the roster (Shaq Matta is the other) to get a sense of how he got to where he is today.

Mendez, a natural righty, says he first started switch hitting at age 15 in an effort to make himself more marketable to teams looking to sign him.

My agent at that time said, ‘hey, you’re gonna be a switch hitter,’” said Mendez. “He was telling me you have one year to learn. If it doesn’t work, it’s fine. You’ll go back to the right. But it worked. I swung at the first pitch I saw and he said, ‘woah. You’re gonna hit switch.’”

To get to the point of being comfortable switch hitting, the Venezuelan infielder says he spent about an hour a day hitting left-handed. In fact, he’s gotten so comfortable on the left side that it’s now his preferred side.

“I love left now,” said Mendez. “I just love hitting left-handed, especially when he throws hard. I like hitting fastballs…It feels natural now.”

The numbers prove it too. Mendez is a .232 hitter (43-for-185) hitting on the left side, compared to just a .130 mark (6-for-46) when swinging on his natural side.

I’ve always been in awe of the art of switch hitting. And don’t even get me started on switch pitching. That’s just crazy.

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Switch-pitch – A changeup.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Meet the new Riders

Over the past week, there have been a load of new players transferred to Frisco.

If you have been following along closely, you may recognize some of the new names and faces. However, if you’ve missed out on the past few days of Riders coverage, you will probably be surprised to find out that the team has an entirely new look.

Let’s get to know some of the new players the Riders have received over the past couple weeks who are playing in Frisco for the first time this season.

Alexeis Bell – OF

The Rangers signed Bell, 32, to a minor league contract on July 15. He began his stateside career with the Rangers’ Arizona League squad. In four games, he went 4-for-16 with a walk and two strikeouts.


Bell played his first 14 professional seasons in the Cuban National Series, where he was a career .319 hitter with 138 home runs and 632 RBI in 659 games. He also maintained a .417 on-base percentage and a .547 slugging percentage during his time in the Cuban National Series, most of which was spent with the Avispas de Santiago de Cuba. He won league MVP honors in the 2007-08 season after setting single-season league records for home runs (31) and RBI (111), while posting a .355 average.

The veteran outfielder spent last season with Les Capitales de Quebec in the Canadian-American Association, where he hit .317 with two homers and 23 RBI in 59 games. Bell also played nine games with Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican League this May.

Bell also has extensive experience representing Cuba on the international stage. Of note, he was part of the country’s Olympic team, which brought home the silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He also played on Cuba’s squad during the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Scott Carroll – RHP

The 31-year-old spent the majority of 2016 with Triple-A Charlotte of the International League, going 2-8 with a 3.55 ERA in 16 games, 12 starts. He made three relief outings with the White Sox in May, allowing three runs and two hits in 2 1/3 innings pitched. Carroll was on Chicago’s 40-man roster before being assigned outright to Charlotte on July 14.

In 47 Major League games, 19 starts, Carroll has a 6-11 record with a 4.60 ERA. He was 5-10 with a 4.80 ERA in 26 games, 19 starts with the White Sox in 2014. In 2015, he posted a 3.44 ERA in 18 relief appearances.

He spent his first six pro seasons in the Cincinnati organization before signing as a free agent with Chicago in July 2012.

Carlos Arroyo – OF

Arroyo, 23, has been with Round Rock, Class-A Hickory, Class A Short-season Hickory and the Arizona League Rangers. He has combined to play 18 games this season, hitting .298. The outfielder is in his fourth season as a professional, signing with the Rangers as a non-drafted free agent September 19, 2012 out of Valencia, Venezuela.

Jack Snodgrass – LHP

Snodgrass, 28, signed with the Rangers as a minor league free agent on July 14 after spending the first five seasons of his career in the San Francisco Giants organization. The lefty went 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA in four appearances with Round Rock. Snodgrass was drafted by the Giants in the 27th round of the 2011 draft out of Austin Peay State.

Eduard Pinto – OF


Pinto, 21, departed Hickory as the team leader in batting average (.337), on-base percentage (.392), slugging percentage (.478), and OPS (.870). Pinto was named the South Atlantic League Player of the Week on July 10th, after batting .567/.581/.833 with two home runs, 2 doubles, and eight RBI over the seven game stretch. The 5’11” outfielder spent time with Hickory in both 2014 and 2015, which included a .364 average in the postseason while helping the Crawdads to the 2015 SAL Championship.

Carson Blair – C

Blair, 26, is in his ninth year as a professional. He spent the first seven seasons of his career in the Boston Red Sox organization before signing with the Oakland Athletics as a minor league free agent in November 2014. He was with Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville most of last season before making his Major League debut September 6 with the Athletics, where he played 11 big league games, batting .129 with one homer and three RBI.

The native of Argyle, Texas opened the 2016 season with Midland before earning a promotion to Nashville on July 3. Blair was released by the A’s on July 15. For his career, Blair is a .245 hitter with more than 43 percent of his hits going for extra bases (87 doubles, 12 triples, 38 home runs).

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: gaijin – Foreign players in the Japanese professional baseball leagues. Teams are allowed to have up to four gaijin on the roster (two position players and two pitchers). ETYMOLOGY. Japanese for “outsiders.”

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

Riding Through the Farm (August 5)

Riding Through the Farm v3

“Riding Through the Farm” is your weekly look at what’s going on in the Rangers organization outside of Frisco.

TEXAS RANGERS (63-46 – 1st, AL West)

After making moves to acquire Jonathan LucroyCarlos Beltran, and Jeremy Jeffress at the trade deadline, all three have had success in the past week for the Rangers. Lucroy and Beltran both hit home runs in the three-game series against Baltimore, and Jeffress pitched a scoreless inning in yesterday’s 5-3 victory in the finale.

A huge three-game road series against the Houston Astros begins tonight at Minute Maid Park. The Rangers have won nine of 10 games against the Astros so far this season and lead Houston by 6 1/2 games in the American League West.

Today: at Houston, 7:10 p.m. (SP: LHP Martin Perez)

TRIPLE-A ROUND ROCK EXPRESS (54-59 – T-2nd, PCL American Southern Division)

On Wednesday, Round Rock received four players from the RoughRidersYohander Mendez and Ronald Guzman, two of the Top 5 prospects in the Rangers farm system (according to, have already made an impact with the E-Train.

Guzman went 2-for-4 in his Triple-A debut Thursday, mashing a solo home run in his first at-bat and driving in another run with a double later in the game.

In his second start with the Express last night, Mendez pitched five scoreless innings and allowed just three hits in a win over Oklahoma City. The southpaw has now fired a total of 10 scoreless innings in two Triple-A starts this season.

Today: at Oklahoma City, 7:05 p.m. (SP: LHP Derek Holland)

CLASS-A ADVANCED HIGH DESERT MAVERICKS (66-44 overall, 23-17 second half – 3rd place, California League South Division)

The Mavericks have won seven of their last 10 games, including a four-game sweep of Rancho Cucamonga on the road last week. High Desert is back at home battling the Quakes again, and they started the series with a win yesterday.

Former Rider Cody Palmquist continues to dominate California League opponents out of the bullpen for High Desert. Palmquist was named Rangers Reliever of the Month last month after not allowing a run in all of June. He has given up just four earned runs in 17 relief appearances (26.1 innings pitched) since joining the Mavs on June 4.

Today: vs. Rancho Cucamonga, 9:05 p.m. (SP: LHP Jeff Springs)

CLASS-A HICKORY CRAWDADS (60-49 overall, 22-17 second half – 3rd place, South Atlantic League Northern Division)

A five-game win streak has propelled the Crawdads into third place in the SAL Northern Division standings. Hickory is now just 1 1/2 games behind first-place Hagerstown, who won the division in the first half of the season. The ‘Dads are half a game behind Greensboro for second place and the second-best overall record the division.

However, the Crawdads recently lost outfielder Eduard Pinto and infielder Dylan Moore, who were both promoted to higher affiliates. Pinto joined the RoughRiders last night, while Moore was moved up to High Desert.

Infielder Xavier Turner was just assigned to Hickory from Spokane yesterday. He has a chance to make a big impact for the Crawdads in their push for a playoff spot. Turner played nine games with the Crawdads last season after starting his professional career in the Arizona League.

Today: at Lexington, 6:05 p.m. (SP: LHP Joe Palumbo)

CLASS A-SHORT SEASON SPOKANE INDIANS (23-22 overall, 4-3 second half  3rd place, Northwest League North Division)

As mentioned above, Xavier Turner was promoted to Hickory yesterday after a spectacular performance Tuesday in the Northwest/Pioneer League All-Star Game. Turner won the Top Star Award for the Northwest League, going 3-for-3 with a home run and a pair of runs scored.

Four former Spokane Indians were involved in the Rangers’ trade deadline deal for Carlos Beltran. In addition to Dillon Tate (2015), Erik Swanson (2014), and Nick Green (2016), Beltran was also an Indian back in 1996. Spokane was affiliated with the Kansas City Royals at the time.

Tonight: at Salem-Keizer, 8:35 p.m. (SP: LHP Sal Mendez)

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: pastureworker – An outfielder.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Impressive home run catches

In case you missed last night’s RoughRiders game, a Choctaw Lazy River employee made an incredible catch using a pool net to haul in a Kellin Deglan home run.

The catch was impressive on its own. The unique aspect was the instrument that the employee used to catch the ball, all while maintaining his balance perched on top of the lazy river.

Here are five other amazing catches made by fans during baseball games. Although none of them contain a lazy river, unfortunately, they are still entertaining to watch!

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: lucky seventh – The bottom half of the seventh inning, which was once regarded as lucky for the home team. The term was probably named from the idea of the lucky ‘seven’ as known in the game of dice. Sporting people have long associated good fortune with the number 7.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

Grab a bat: Pitchers hitting for the Riders

Last night, pitcher Ryan Ledbetter was called out of the bullpen to come in and pinch hit for the RoughRiders with two outs in the ninth inning.


Following Alberto Triunfel‘s ejection in the middle of his at-bat, Frisco had no other position players left on the bench to enter the game. As a result, Ledbetter grabbed a bat and saw three pitches from Midland’s Kyle Finnegan. Ledbetter swung and missed at the first, fouled off the second, and then struck out looking on the third.

It was a rare occurrence seeing a pitcher hit for the Riders. Because Frisco is a Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, an American League team, the Riders always use a designated hitter. In the Texas League, pitchers only have to hit when two National League affiliates square off.

However, there have been three other instances where a pitcher was brought in to a Riders game, either as a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement, and ended up getting an at-bat.


Jesse Chavez – June 27, 2005 vs. Tulsa (W, 8-6 – 12 innings)

This game featured a situation where Frisco’s designated hitter Seth Taylor entered the game to play second base. As a result, the pitcher’s spot took over the second slot in the batting order. Scott Feldman pitched 2 1/3 innings, through the 10th inning, but he did not get a chance to bat. Instead, it was Chavez who came up to the plate in the 11th after pitching the top half of the inning.

Chavez struck out against Tulsa’s Judd Songster, pitched another scoreless frame, and then the Riders won on a walk-off two-run homer by Will Smith in the bottom of the 12th. Current Riders hitting coach Jason Hart also scored on Smith’s home run.

Ben Snyder – August 15, 2011 vs. Tulsa (W, 3-2 – 12 innings)


The second time a pitcher hit for the RoughRiders came in another game against the Drillers at Dr Pepper Ballpark. It was also a 12-inning contest that ended in a Riders victory. However, this game featured Snyder entering the game as a defensive replacement for Engel Beltre in the eighth inning. Beltre was ejected after arguing a called third strike in the bottom of the seventh. Snyder played right field, and Jonathan Greene moved over to Beltre’s spot in center.

The lefty Snyder ended up getting two at-bats, as the game went to extra innings. Snyder singled to right field in the ninth inning against Tulsa’s Joe Torres. This still stands as the only time a RoughRiders pitcher has recorded a hit. Snyder struck out looking against Stephen Dodson in the 12th. Two batters later, Jared Bolden hit a walk-off single to plate Jose Felix.

Ryan Rodebaugh – June 6, 2013 at San Antonio


Rodebaugh was the most recent pitcher to hit in a game before Ledbetter came up to the plate in the ninth inning yesterday. This was also the only time that a Riders pitcher has batted on the road. It was another occasion where a designated hitter entered the game defensively, but this situation was a lot more complex.

Riders shortstop Hanser Alberto was ejected in the fifth inning for arguing a call at first base after grounding into a double play. Odubel Herrera moved from second base to shortstop, Chih-Hsien Chiang took over Alberto’s spot in the batting order playing right field, and Alejandro Selen switched to second base from right field.

However, after Selen’s second strikeout of the game, he was replaced defensively. Herrera took back his original position at second base, and designated hitter Guilder Rodriguez entered at shortstop. Therefore, the new pitcher Arlett Mavare took over Selen’s vacated spot in the lineup.

Mavare pitched a scoreless seventh, and Richard Bleier tossed a 1-2-3 eighth. When Bleier was due up with one out in the ninth, Rodebaugh was called in to pinch hit against San Antonio’s Ryan Kelly. He became the second Riders pitcher to reach base in a game, but it was not on a hit. The second baseman Chris Bisson made a fielding error, allowing Rodebaugh to reach safely. Rodebaugh was promptly doubled off first base after Chiang flied out to the right fielder Kalian Sams.

(Side note: June 6 was the final game Sams played with San Antonio. He hit a home run off Pucetas to lead off the sixth, which was his last hit with the Missions. The Padres promoted Sams to Triple-A Tucson the following day, but he was released by the club on July 19. The Rangers signed Sams to a minor league contract on August 9, and he was assigned to Frisco the next day.)

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: Pittsburgh chopper – A batted ball that becomes a hit because it bounces over a fielder’s head. Its success depends on a downward chopping swing and a hard infield. Named by and for the 1960 world champion Pittsburgh Pirates, who specialized in such hits.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)