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‘Riders Rewind – Memorial Day

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The RoughRiders notched their 30th win of the season with a 5-2 win over the Springfield Cardinals on Memorial Day. Click here to read the full game recap.

The ‘Riders took the series the hard way; they won the final two games after dropping game one on Saturday. Frisco is the first team in the Texas League to 30 wins this season and the 18th team in Minor League Baseball to reach the mark.

With two more series wins at home, the ‘Riders have not dropped a set at the Doc since the Arkansas Travelers took 2-of-3 on April 7-8. Although the team continues to protect its house (18-10 at home this season), the RoughRiders are 3-7 on the road in May and play out the month with a six-game road trip to a pair of north division towns-Tulsa and Springfield, respectively.

Frisco departs with a three game lead over the Midland RockHounds for the top spot in the south division. Remember, the season reaches its midway point the third week of June, and the division leader at that point earns an automatic berth in the playoffs. The chase is officially on.

In case you missed it: A poignant moment occurred before the bottom of the seventh inning when right-handed relief pitcher Mitch Harris entered the game for Springfield. Harris pitched for the Naval Academy in college and began his professional baseball career after a pair of deployments with the U.S. Navy. He pitched two scoreless and innings against the ‘Riders with no hits allowed and earned an enthusiastic welcome from his teammates upon his return from the mound. A great moment on day to commemorate the service and sacrifice of our nation’s servicemen and women.

Star of the Game: LHP Edwar Cabrera - 6.1IP, 6H, R, 2BB, 6K

Cabrera has thrown his fastball for strikes in his last three outings and the results have been commendable. While not his longest outing of the season, Cabrera did not have a rough inning and tied his season-high with six strikeouts in the game. The southpaw allowed a pair of base hits to the first two batters he faced, but went to retire 11 of the next 12 hitters. Cabrera twice stranded runners on third base and lowered his ERA to 3.11, second-lowest on the team among starters.

 

 

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-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – May 25

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Thanks to three solo home runs, the RoughRiders took a 3-1 lead over the Springfield Cardinals and–after a two-hour, 26-minute rain delay–held on to win 3-2 and even the series. Click here to read the full game recap.

Teodoro Martinez, Jake Smolinski and Ryan Rua each homered to provide all the offense necessary for the win. Rua’s team-leading eighth home run (tied for fourth-most in the Texas League) gave the ‘Riders 41 jacks for the season, which ranks third-highest in the league.

The RoughRiders should be commended for their ability to remain focused after a rain delay that lasted almost as long as the game itself. It’s no easy task to redial an in-game mentality after an extended and unexpected intermission.

Springfield’s manager Mike Schildt pushed hard to resume the game after the rain subsided. It would have been unsurprising, but also extremely disappointing, if the Cardinals charged back to either tie or take the lead after play resumed in the bottom of the sixth. But after the Birds crept within one run, the ‘Riders clamped down and showed true grit en route to their 29th win of the season.

Star of the Game: RHP Phil Klein - 2.0IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, SV

Klein became the team leader in saves with his fifth of the season. After the Cardinals tallied a run in the seventh to make it a 3-2 ballgame, Klein entered and shut down the Double-A redbirds over the final two frames. The righty did not allow a run, a hit or a walk and ended both of his innings with a strikeout. He has not blown a save this season.

 

 

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-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – May 24

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Highlights from the RoughRiders’ 8-6 loss to the Springfield Cardinals Saturday night. Click here to read the full game recap.

The ‘Riders committed four errors in the loss and Springfield center fielder Rafael Ortega brutalized Kyle Lotzkar with a triple, a two-run home run and four RBI. Frisco again struggled to score runs late in the game against the opposition’s bullpen.

With the loss, the RoughRiders’ lead atop the south division shrinks to one game over Midland.

Star of the Game: 2B Odubel Herrera - 3/5, 2B, R, 3RBI

Herrera picked up three hits in his first three trips to the plate on Saturday. His first two knocks, including a two-out double to put the ‘Riders up 5-4 in the second inning, both came with two strikes in the count.

Since his promotion from Advanced-A Myrtle Beach on May 12, Herrera has provided a boost to the Frisco offense. With 14 hits in 41 at-bats (.341), the native of Venezuela continues to build on his strong start to the season with the Pelicans where he batted .297 and drew 24 walks. In ten games at the Double-A level in 2014, Herrera also has three runs, three doubles, one triple and eight RBI.

 

 

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-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – May 23

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The RoughRiders boatraced the Tulsa Drillers 13-0 on Friday night to take the series over their north division opponent. Click here to read the full game recap.

Pitching remained the prominent storyline throughout the three-game set. Both teams had it on Wednesday, the Drillers dominated on Thursday with Jon Gray, and the ‘Riders flexed their muscle in the finale as Luke Jackson and Jimmy Reyes shut out the Rockies’ Double-A affiliate and allowed just four hits.

While the arms were the overarching theme of the series, the RoughRiders’ bats stole the show on FFN (Friday Fireworks Night). The ‘Riders rocked the Drillers for 13 hits and drew seven walks. Every man in the order reached base for Frisco, seven different players recorded hits and seven men scored a run.

In case you missed it: Trever Adams and Jake Smolinski swapped positions in the ninth inning. Adams moved out to left field and Smolinksi appeared at first base. It was the first time this season Smolinski played in the infield. He had been fielding ground balls and throws from second base during batting practice before the game, and in the wake of his team’s 13-run lead, received some in-game experience at first. He didn’t record a putout, however, as Reyes retired the Drillers on a popout and two strikeouts.

Star of the Game: 1B Trever Adams - 2/3, GS HR, 3R, 6RBI, BB, SF

It would have been larceny to deprive Adams of his second consecutive “Star of the Game” designation after his performance on Friday. The 6-foot 200 pound right-hander turned in perhaps the best single-game hitting performance of the season for the RoughRiders (fans could make an argument for Rougned Odor’s showing on April 12: 4/6, 2HR, 2B, 4R, 3RBI, SB).

Adams blew the game open with his grand slam in the fourth inning off Ryan Arrowood. The blast capped a five-run fourth inning for the RoughRiders, who took a 9-0 lead and coasted the rest of the way. The 25-year-old hit the first grand slam of the season for Frisco and vaulted himself into a tie with Smolinski for most RBI on the team (24). Adams set a new single-game career high with a half-dozen runs driven in and also owns the high-water mark on the team in the same respect.

Honorable mention: I can’t sign off on this post without acknowledging two other key players in the lineup last night. Guilder Rodriguez has been resurgent since his return to the RoughRiders on May 14. On Friday, G-Rod went 2-for-3 with two runs and two walks. He scored the first run of the game and the first run of what became a five-run fourth inning for the ‘Riders. The Venezuelan is batting 8-for-21 in his second stint with the club this year.

Patrick Cantwell built on the momentum accrued from his solo home run on Wednesday. The backstop registered his first three-hit game of the season, scored two runs and drove in two more. He cracked his third double of the season in the third inning and would eventually hit in– you guessed it–three straight innings as the offense rolled through the middle part of the contest.

 

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – May 22

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Highlights from Frisco’s 7-2 loss to the Tulsa Drillers on Thursday afternoon at Dr Pepper Ballpark. Tulsa starter Jon Gray lived up to expectations, and allowed one run and five hits over six innings with one walk and four strikeouts. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Gray’s performance was the right-hander’s pitch efficiency; he threw 75 pitches for an average of 12 1/2 pitches per inning.  Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: 1B Trever Adams - 3/4, 2B, RBI

Adams totaled half of the RoughRiders’ hits in the game on Thursday, two of which came off Gray. The native of Nebraska has become the Swiss Army knife of the ‘Riders order, capable of hitting virtually anywhere in the lineup. Skipper Jason Wood has slotted Adams in seven different holes in the order. The only spots in which the right-hander has not hit are third and ninth. Adams also flashed versatility between power and touch. His RBI double in the eighth followed a bunt single in the sixth.

 

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

‘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 19

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The RoughRiders were shut out for nine innings in a three-pitcher effort by the San Antonio Missions on Monday. Big league rehabber Casey Kelly tossed six scoreless innings with no walks and six strikeouts as the ‘Riders failed to score a run in a game for the first time this season. Click here to read the full game recap.

Rymer Liriano showed why he ranks highly in the Padres farm system. The outfielder played all three spots in the series and hit 6-for-13 with two doubles, a grand slam, five runs scored and another five driven in along with three walks and two stolen bases. He struck out once.

The RoughRiders return to Dr Pepper Ballpark after a 3-5 road trip and plenty of questions about their bullpen as the Tulsa Drillers come to town for a three-game series.

Star of the Game: 1B Trever Adams - 3/4

Adams shined in an otherwise bleak afternoon for the RoughRiders’ offense. The 25-year-old accounted for half of his team’s hits, and all three came against a major leaguer in Kelly who appeared well on his way to complete recovery from Tommy John surgery. Adams is toting a .397 average in his last 14 games at the plate (23-for-58) and leads the RoughRiders in runs scored this season (26).

 

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – May 18

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For the second straight game, the Missions posted a five-run inning against the RoughRiders. San Antonio scored the final eight runs of the ballgame and overcame a 5-1 hole to win 9-5. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: DH Tomás Telis - 3/4, 2B, SB

Telis doubled for the fourth straight game on Sunday and continues to crank out base hits at the plate. The switch-hitting catcher also has 11 RBI in his last 12 games and is batting a white hot .395 (30-for-76) at the dish in the month of May.

The native of El Tigre, Venezuela is also a deceptive basestealer. Telis doesn’t just swipe second base, either. He is a perfect 5-for-5 this when grabbing the more difficult third base bag and has been caught stealing third three times in his career (33 attempts).

 

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – May 17

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The RoughRiders left nine runners stranded in scoring position and batted 1-for-13 with men on second and/or third base. Rymer Liriano’s grand slam makes the final score look like a laugher, but the ‘Riders trailed 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: LF Jake Smolinski - 2/3, R, 2B, BB, ROE

With a third inning double on Saturday, Smolinski registered multiple hits in five of his last six games. He continues to ascend the Texas League leaderboard in batting average, and as of May 17, sits in fourth place with a .315 mark. Smo also ranks third in the league in both on-base percentage and slugging percentage (.412 and .534, respectively). His three triples on the season place him in a tie for first in the Texas League, while 78 total bases for the 25-year-old rank fourth.

Along with Corpus Christi’s Preston Tucker, Jake is the one of two players in the Texas League to play in each of the first 42 games of the season. His durability is impressive especially given the handful of circus grabs the right-hander has made in left field, including one on a deep fly ball from San Antonio’s Austin Hedges on Saturday.

 

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – May 16

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On National Piercing Day, the RoughRiders’ bullpen punctured the San Antonio Missions’ comeback balloon with a 4-1 victory in the series opener. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Phil Klein - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 6 BF, SV (3)

It’s only fitting a member of the bullpen takes home “Star of the Game” honors after I ragged on the unit yesterday. Klein, a native of Gahanna, Ohio, ensured there would be no late-inning drama against San Antonio on Friday. He faced the minimum over two innings of work and did not allow a baserunner en route to saving his third ballgame of the season.

Honorable mention goes to fellow reliever Jimmy Reyes, who assuaged concerns of his ability to string together consecutive quality innings. The southpaw pitched two shutout frames prior to Klein and allowed one baserunner in seven men faced.

 

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

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