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‘Riders Rewind – June 5

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Magic Number: 8

The ‘Riders grabbed a 2-1 lead in their series against San Antonio with a 5-4 nailbiter on Thursday. Click here to read the full game recap.

For the second straight night, Frisco (35-23) cut down their Magic Number required to clinch a playoff berth. Midland (32-27) continues to roll in its series against Corpus Christi, but as long as the RoughRiders win, the Magic Number wanes regardless of the RockHounds’ results.

To calculate the Magic Number, determine the number of games yet to be played (11), add one (11+1=12), and subtract the number of games ahead in the loss column of the standings from the closest opponent (12-4=8).

Contrary to our prediction last night, the game was scoreless after the first free frames. Ryan bores loaded the bases with one out in the first inning, but steadied himself and tallied consecutive outs to strand a trio of runners.

The play of the game occurred in the fifth inning. The ‘Riders took their turn loading the bases against John Hussey when Jake Smolinski stepped up with no outs in a 2-1 ballgame.

On a fly ball to shallow left field, San Antonio outfielder Rymer Liriano called off shortstop Brian Bixler and charged in from left to make the play. Liriano dropped the ball, which allowed Jake Skole to score from third. Furthermore, Liriano attempted a throw to third base for a force out, but airmailed the delivery. Drew Robinson scored the second run of the exchange and the ‘Riders jumped up 4-1.

After much deliberation, Smolinski was awarded an RBI fielder’s choice because even though Liriano dropped the fly ball, an on-target throw to third would have resulted in an out. Liriano, therefore, was charged with only one error (throwing). Only Robinson scored an unearned run on the play.

In case you missed it:

-Rymer Liriano continues to eat ‘Riders pitching alive. The Padres outfield prospect went 3-for-4 on Thursday with a double, a home run and three RBI. The native of the Dominican Republic is hitting .302 against the horsemen this season with 16 hits, 10 runs and 15 RBI. Liriano is not long for the world of Double-A baseball.

-Ryan Rua extended his on-base streak to 13 with a two-run home run in the fourth inning. The blast to left-center was Ryan’s tenth of the season and broke a tie with Smolinski for the team lead. It also tied the two players atop the team leader board with 32 RBI. Smo broke the tie an inning later on the aforementioned fielder’s choice.

-Tomás Telis’ hit streak ended at 13 with an 0-for-4 night on Thursday.

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

Trever returned from DL and played for the first time since Memorial Day. His hamstring looked fine as he legged out a bunt single in the fifth. His two-out RBI single in the sixth inning drove in the winning run and broke a 4-4 deadlock. The 6-foot, 210-pound righty hit the ball at a .350 clip in May and raised his season average to .281 with 47 hits and 26 RBI, third-highest on the team.

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

Scouting the South Division

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By: Jay Wallis and Chris Vosters

With June upon us, the race for the first-half division title in the Texas League is in full swing. Frisco reaches the season’s midway point on June 16 against the Midland RockHounds. The ‘Riders are in the midst of a pivotal eight-game homestand and will play out the final six games of the first half on the road.

The RoughRiders entered the month atop the south division, but with all three division rivals in hot pursuit. Every team owns a winning record, which makes the playoff hunt a four-way chase. Let’s spotlight Frisco’s competition down the stretch.

San Antonio: They may have gotten off to a sluggish start in the beginning of the year, but the Missions have really picked up their level of play of late. After falling seven games below .500 in mid-May, San Antonio has since then jumped right back in the playoff hunt thanks to sustained pitching and improved hitting. As a team, the Missions hold the best ERA in the Texas League (2.99) while their closer, Johnny Barbato, leads the league in saves (15). This exceptional pitching has been present for the majority of the season but the hitting hasn’t always been comparable. However, with the emergence of outfielders Rymer Liriano and Yeison Asencio, who was named Texas League Player of the Week for May 19-25, the bats are finally making some noise. If the Missions can continue to improve at the plate during the second half of the season, they could give the ‘Riders trouble, especially since San Antonio is the only team Frisco doesn’t have a winning record against.

Midland: Out of the four Texas League teams in the south division, the RockHounds got off to the best start and held the divisional lead at the end of April. Josh Whitaker and Max Muncy both are Texas League leaders in multiple batting categories and have been the catalyst for Midland’s offense. During a four-game series with the RoughRiders in early May, though, they lost three of four and handed over their position atop the south to the ‘Riders. In addition to losing the series, Muncy suffered a lacerated finger in the second game, causing the first baseman to miss the next 17 games and put a hole in his team’s lineup. The RockHounds ended up losing 17 of 30 games in May, creating more of a gap between the ‘Riders and their competition. If Muncy can regain his confidence at the plate that he has yet to recapture since returning from the DL, it should provide a substantial spark for Midland’s offense moving forward.

Corpus Christi: The ‘Riders have handled the Hooks in 8-of-12 meetings this season. However, the teams’ four remaining meetings before the end of the first half take place under the lights of Whataburger Field. While some teams undergo hot streaks and cold spells, the Hooks’ calling card is their consistency: the Astros’ Double-A affiliate finished 14-12 in April and 15-14 in May. In both pitching and hitting, the Hooks rank in the top half of the Texas League. The ‘Riders hope to avoid damage from Corpus Christi’s Preston Tucker, a seventh round draft choice in 2012. The slugger is batting .319 against the Frisco this season with six doubles and two home runs. The 6-foot, 200-pound lefty ranks near the top of the Texas League in a multitude of categories, namely home runs, RBI, hits and doubles.

Frisco faces a daunting task, but it is important for the RoughRiders and their fans to remember the traits that placed the ‘Riders in a strong position to clinch a postseason berth: a winning record at home, contributions throughout the batting order and strong team chemistry. If the team adheres to that formula, fans can look forward to postseason baseball at Dr Pepper Ballpark come September.

‘Riders Rewind – June 4

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Magic Number: 9

Frisco drew even in its series with the Missions thanks to a 6-0 shutout on Wednesday. Click here to read the full game recap.

Dropping the first two games in this series would have spelled trouble for the ‘Riders (34-23), who would have been forced to win the final pair in the set just to salvage a split and keep the persistent Missions (30-28) at arm’s length.

Furthermore, the Midland RockHounds (31-27) won their second straight game last night, and thereby claimed sole possession of second place in the standings. Nonetheless, the ‘Riders remain 3 1/2 games up on the Hounds, and cut the Magic Number to below ten with the win.

To calculate the Magic Number, determine the number of games yet to be played (12), add one (12+1=13), and subtract the number of games ahead in the loss column of the standings from the closest opponent (13-4=9).

It behooves both teams to win Thursday’s game with the series now knotted at a game apiece. Strong starting pitching told the tale of the first two meetings (Juan Oramas on Tuesday and Luke Jackson on Wednesday). That motiff may end tonight given the pitching matchup; it could be a high-scoring affair at the Doc.

Both starters hold a 1-3 record. Australian John Hussey owns a 4.54 ERA this season as he makes his second start and fifth appearance against the ‘Riders in 2014. Hussey does have a win against Frisco (May 2), but opponents are batting .309 against the righty.

Like Hussey, Ryan Bores’ ERA would be much higher were it not for eight unearned runs in his stat line. Bores carries a 3.57 ERA, but has allowed 15 runs (seven earned) in 17 2/3 innings with the ‘Riders this year. The other team bats .352 against him this year, and Bores suffered a loss in his last three outings.

Against Springfield on May 30, the right-hander surrendered a grand slam to Jacob Wilson in the second inning to blow the game open in favor of the Cardinals (Frisco lost the game 8-4). All half dozen runs were unearned because of an error on Drew Robinson at first base, but Bores allowed five straight runners to reach base with two outs in the inning.

In case you missed it: For the second time this season, the RoughRiders shut out the Missions by a 6-0 final score. Luke Jackson was the starting pitcher on both occasions. The first happenstance occurred on April 21 when Jackson took a perfect game into the sixth. In those two games, Jackson has allowed no runs on seven hits with two walks and 12 strikeouts over 13 innings. The righty tops the Texas League with seven wins this season.

There have been four shutouts in the season series thus far (three by Frisco, one by San Antonio).

Rehabber Jim Adduci played in left field in his second game with the ‘Riders. The lefty played first base on Tuesday. Adduci took a poor angle on a Cody Overbeck double to left in the fourth inning, but settled in nicely as the game progressed and made a tumbling snare on a line drive by Yeison Asencio to retire the side in the seventh. The Missions had runners on first and second at the time and Adduci’s grab almost assuredly saved a run. Adduci also belted an RBI triple in the third inning and looked gassed after he slid head first into third. He wore a protective mitten over his left hand to guard his injured little finger, which he fractured on a head first slide into second base on April 18. Jake Skole replaced Adduci in left field after the eighth inning. Jake Smolinski made his third appearance of the season in right field. He has made 42 starts in left.

San Antonio manager Rich Dauer submitted an identical lineup for games one and two of the series. However, by the end of the night, the Dauer instituted two defensive replacements, a pinch hitter and two other position adjustments. Lots of scratch marks on the scorecard last night.

Star of the Game: RHP Luke Jackson – 6.0IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 4K

Jackson is now 7-2 on the season with the fourth-lowest ERA (2.55) in the Texas League. His 65 strikeouts rank second in the league. Sixty-two of Jackson’s 94 pitches were for strikes, and although his pitch count ran a touch high after four innings (70), the native of Florida buckled down and threw 24 pitches the rest of the way while his velocity never wavered.

Honorable mention goes to Ryan Rua, who batted 2-for-3 with a walk and a pair of runs. It was the third straight multi-hit night for Rua, who raised his batting average to .315, fourth-highest in the Texas League. He now has an 11-game on-base streak.

 

 

Enjoy the highlights, and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 3

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Magic Number: 10

After a day off, the ‘Riders opened an eight-game homestand Tuesday with a 3-1 loss to the San Antonio Missions. Frisco is now 0-2 in the month of June. Click here to read the full game recap.

The Missions threw down the gauntlet with the win and upped the pressure on the RoughRiders to lock up a first-half playoff berth. San Antonio (30-27) know lurks 3 1/2 games behind the RoughRiders (33-23) in south division standings with three games remaining in the series.

To calculate the Magic Number, determine the number of games yet to be played (13), add one (13+1=14), and subtract the number of games ahead in the loss column of the standings from the closest opponent (14-4=10).

In case you missed it: Were it not for a RoughRiders’ run in the ninth, the Missions would have blanked Frisco for the second consecutive meeting. The run broke a stretch of 22 innings without a tally against the Padres’ Double-A affiliate. San Antonio shut-out the ‘Riders on May 19 with big league rehabber Casey Kelly on the mound for six innings. It’s the only game in which Frisco has failed to score this season.

Frisco hit into three double plays on Tuesday, including one in each of the first two innings. A lineout double play in the second extended a stretch of four straight frames with a twin killing by the RoughRiders’ offense, a streak that reached back to the series finale with Springfield on June 1. The ‘Riders have ground into a double play in four straight games and nine of the past eleven contests.

Star of the Game: LF Teodoro Martinez – 2/4, RBI

Cafe started the night 0-for-2 with a strikeout. He also hit into an inning-ending double play. But the righty reached base with a pair of singles in the final two frames as Frisco attempted to rally and avoid a shutout.

After a single in the eighth, Teo drove in the RoughRiders’ only run of the game on a two-out liner in the ninth. The Venezuelan has 33 hits in 30 games for the ‘Riders (.306 batting average) with 13 RBI.

 

 

Enjoy the highlights, and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 1

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Magic Number: 10

Frisco dropped its first game in the month of June by a 3-2 decision to the Springfield Cardinals. Click here to read the full game recap.

It was just the fourth time this season the ‘Riders have lost a game by one run. They have won 13 one-run games, the most in the Texas League. The squad embarks on a pivotal homestand on June 3 as the scorching San Antonio Missions come to town.

As of June 3, Frisco sits atop the south division with a 33-22 record. The three other teams in the division are all knotted at 29-27, 4 1/2 games behind the ‘Riders. June 16 marks the final game of the first half. Buckle up!

With race for a first-half division title in full swing, we will update the magic number needed for the ‘Riders to clinch a playoff berth. To calculate the Magic Number, determine the number of games yet to be played (14), add one (14+1=15), and subtract the number of games ahead in the loss column of the standings from the closest opponent (15-5=10).

In case you missed it: A pair of double plays doomed the RoughRiders. Tomás Telis lined into an unassisted double play to second baseman Jacob Wilson, who proceeded to double off Patrick Cantwell at second base. The ‘Riders had the bases loaded with one out in the eighth when Wilson made a great play to keep Frisco off the board. One inning later, Teo Martinez grounded into a double play to wipe off Ryan Rua, who had opened the ninth with a single. Reliever Joey Donofrio presided over both twin killings, the first two on his watch this season.

Star of the Game: SS Guilder Rodriguez – 2/4, R

G-Rod takes home “S.O.T.G” honors for the second consecutive game with another multiple-hit showing. Guilder has three straight multi-hit games on his current eight-game hitting streak. He leads the team in on-base percentage (.426) and ranks second on the team in batting average (.326). Twenty-seven of the Venezuelan’s 28 base knocks have been singles and he boasts an inverted slash line with a higher on-base percentage than slugging percentage (.337).

Honorable mention to Jake Smolinski, who has back-to-back games with a home run. He is now tied with Ryan Rua for most on the team (9).

 

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – May 31

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The RoughRiders closed the second month of the regular season on a high note with an 9-1 win over the Springfield Cardinals on Saturday. Click here to read the full game recap.

After the Redbirds won handily in game one, Frisco returned the favor with a romp in the middle installment of the three-game series. The ‘Riders fell one hit shy of tying their single-game high this season (17).

In case you missed it: Jake Smolinski cracked his eighth home run of the season in the fifth inning. Unlike his previous seven, however, Jake’s latest was not a solo home run. Jake’s parents live in Rockford, Illinois, and made the trek down to Springfield, Missouri to watch their son play. The left fielder blew a kiss to his folks as he crossed home plate. Along with Tomás Telis, Springfield’s center fielder Rafael Ortega is a native of El Tigre, Venezuela.

Star of the Game: SS Guilder Rodriguez – 4/5, R, 2RBI

G-Rod continues to shine since his return to the RoughRiders on May 14 from Triple-A Round Rock. Guilder racked up a season-high four hits in Saturday’s game and drove in a pair of runs on a single to right field as the ‘Riders pulled away in the fifth inning. The Venezuelan is now on a seven-game hit streak. The 30-year-old has only one extra-base hit this season, but that hasn’t stopped the switch-hitter from batting .317 with a .423 on-base percentage.

 

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – May 30

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Highlights from the RoughRiders’ 8-4 loss to the Springfield Cardinals on Friday night in Missouri. Click here to read the full game recap.

A grand slam in the second inning by Springfield’s Jacob Wilson (his second home run of the year) effectively decided the game. Give the ‘Riders credit, however. They played with pride until the final out and tacked on a pair of runs in the ninth inning against a pitcher (Justin Wright) who had allowed only one run in 19 innings this season. We’ll see if Frisco carries the late offensive momentum into Saturday night’s game against the Cardinals.

In case you missed it: The Cardinals have won the series opener both times this season. The first seven of Springfield’s eight runs in the game on Friday were unearned as a pair of errors proved costly for Frisco. Wilson’s grand slam was the second against the ‘Riders this season (Rymer Liriano).

Star of the Game: RHP Jon Edwards – 3.0IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K

Jon shined on an otherwise unglamorous night for the pitching staff. In his finest performance of the season, the chiseled right-hander faced ten batters in three innings (one over the minimum). The only runner Jon allowed reached via a walk. The 26-year-old threw his fastball as hard as 98-mph and with excellent command. It was great to see this kind of performance from Jon, who has struggled to find his rhythm on the hill this season and is one of the nicest guys in the clubhouse.

 

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – May 29

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Finally, some baseball! After two unexpected days off, the ‘Riders swept the Drillers in a Thursday doubleheader. Click here to read the full game recap.

The ‘Riders arrived in the Oil City late Monday night, but it took until Thursday afternoon before the teams finally played a game. Rain postponed the series opener on Tuesday, which resulted in a doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday.

However, by 4:05 in the afternoon on Wednesday, a large patch of dirt between second and third remained soggy and unsafe for baseball conditions. The grounds crew labored for three hours before officials finally annulled the game.

The lack of action on Wednesday pushed the twin bill back to Thursday, the final day in the three-game series and a getaway day for the RoughRiders. The ‘Riders and the Drillers will not play again in the first half of the season, and as such, the lost third game will not be compensated. Frisco will now play 69 games in the first half of the season and 139 overall.

Either way, the ‘Riders looked far from sluggish in Tulsa. Jon Gray did, however, and the bats took the Rockies’ top prospect to task as part of a 13-4 romp in game one. Gray allowed eight runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Game two was a closer affair, but the RoughRiders again prevailed in a one-run contest. Frisco is now 13-3 in one-run games and its winning pitcher, Luke Jackson, now leads the Texas League in wins (6).

In case you missed it: Odubel Herrera and Chris Grayson each hit their first home runs of the season. Odubel blasted an inside fastball out of the park off Gray in game one’s first inning. He appeared on the Pregame Show before the game and related his improved performance on the field to an improved attitude off it. A hitter with good bat speed, but not known for his power, it was the 12th home run of Odubel’s career.

Chris’s shot left the yard in the sixth inning of game one. Remember, Chris began the season on Frisco’s Opening Day roster (wearing #11), but departed for Advanced-A Myrtle Beach on May 12. In his first game back with the RoughRiders (now wearing #36), Chris drilled his first home run of 2014 and 20th of his career.

Star of the Doubleheader: 3B Ryan Rua – 4/7, HR, 3 2B, 3R, 5RBI

Ryan ate the Drillers alive over 14 innings of baseball on Thursday. The third baseman struck out and grounded out to start game one, and then doubled, homered and doubled twice more in his next four at-bats. He finished game one 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, three runs scored and four RBI, and went 2-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in game two.

The 24-year-old ranks fifth in the Texas League in batting average (.305), fourth in home runs (9), third in extra-base hits (21) and fourth in hits (55). Ryan also has 30 RBI and 11 doubles this season.

 

 

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

‘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.

 

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-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.

 

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

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