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Soggy Weather, Soggy Game

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On a rainy night–the coldest July 17 on record in DFW history with first pitch temperature a balmy 66 degrees–the ‘Riders put forth a soggy night offensively and fell 3-2 to Corpus Christi . Click here to read the full game recap.

This is the dog days, after all, and the status of the game remained in limbo for much of the day as a gigantic cloud hung over the Metroplex, at times dumping torrential amounts of rain. Official word on the status of the game did not reach consensus until after 5:00 p.m., so pregame ritual was a wash and the weather watered down the crowd in the ballpark considerably as well.

Not to mention the team arrived in town at around 6:00 a.m. on Thursday from their road trip to San Antonio. Playing on short rest in murky conditions against the Corpus Christi Hooks for the fifth time in nine days, a sluggish outing suddenly seems understandable, if not predictable.

Star of the Game: RF Chris Grayson – 2/4, R, HR, RBI, SB

Chris extended his hitting streak to six games on a second inning bunt single. His every-game hustle was apparent on the play as he leapfrogged over the first base bag to allude a tag and then dove back in safely for a base hit. In seven games with the ‘Riders since his return to Double-A on July 5, the outfielder has hits in six and bats .283 through 30 Texas League games this season. Chris’s solo home run in the ninth was his first of the season at Dr Pepper Ballpark, second with the RoughRiders and third of the season if you count his 31 games with Advanced-A Myrtle Beach.

In case you missed it:

-Corpus Christi’s starting pitcher Luis Cruz hit more batters (3) than he allowed hits (2).

-The game marked the 750th defeat in team history.

-The first pitch temperature was the coldest for the RoughRiders since May 8 in Midland when the thermometer read 51 degrees to begin the game.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-3, BB, 3SO

Joey has one hit in his last 18 at-bats in the midst of his first prolonged slump of the season. He hinted ever-so-subtly it was a mental challenge to head back to the Texas League after tasting the experience of playing in a major league stadium for the Futures Game.

 

 

Newcomer J.T. Wise shares the similarities and differences between affiliated ball and the independent ranks. J.T.’s season with the Wichita Wingnuts in the American Association gave the catcher a chance to clear his head and press the reset button, he says:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Two Ways to Look at Series Split

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San Antonio struck early, held Frisco in check when it mattered and rallied from two down in the series to salvage a split with the RoughRiders. Click here to read the full game recap.

In one sense, the ‘Riders ought to feel good about themselves after the quick four-game swing down the Alamo City. Wolff Municipal Stadium had been a house of horrors of sorts for the squad this season (they had lost 6-of-8 going into the series) and to escape with a split deserves commendation.

On the other hand, Frisco missed out on an opportunity to win a series at the Wolff after it won the first two installments. The RoughRiders kicked off the set with an 11-2 blowout victory and followed that up with a 3-2 meat-grinder win in 13 innings the following night. The psychological impact of two consecutive defeats in such fashion put Frisco in prime position to steal another game and the series in the process. But a desperate San Antonio team on a seven-game losing streak rallied to win the latter half.

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

It’s been a while since Adams took home “SOTG” honors. The Nebraskan is grinding his way through a midseason slump and took a step in the right direction on Wednesday with his tenth home run of the season. After reaching a season-high .301 batting average on June 9, Adams’ mark at the plate hit a nadir of .266 as of July 13. With two multi-hit games in his last three outings and hits in 4-of-5, the right-handed hitter is up to .272/.324/.438 slash line with 20 doubles, a triple, 40 RBI and 46 runs scored.

In case you missed it:

-The bottom three hitters in the lineup for Frisco combined to bat 0-for-12 on Wednesday night with four strikeouts.

-In the eighth inning, San Antonio’s Austin Hedges hit into his Texas League-leading 16th double play of the season.

-Major league rehabber Jim Adduci started in center field and played until the eighth inning when he was replaced by Chris Grayson. At the dish, Adduci went 1-for-4 with a strikeout. Fellow rehabber Geovany Soto was given the night off.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-4, 2SO

Joey’s eighth inning single snapped an 0-for-14 skid. He know has 96 careers singles and 93 career home runs as a member of the Rangers organization.

 

 

Chris Grayson’s season has been anything but stable. Through three stints with Frisco and two with Advanced-A Myrtle Beach, the outfielder is quietly putting together his best professional season. He also shares some of the unique circumstances behind his college career with Alex in a candid interview:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Nickled & Dimed

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An error and two hit batsman dinged the RoughRiders and proved costly in their bid to win three straight against San Antonio and take the series. Click here to read the full game recap.

The Missions took the lead permanently in the fourth inning on a fielding error by Guilder Rodriguez. On a ground ball hit by Austin Hedges to short, G-Rod unleashed a short throw to first. J.T. Wise, playing the position for the first time as a RoughRider, could not scoop the ball out of the dirt. While the toss over was certainly not the strongest from Rodriguez, it’s still a play Wise needs to make.

Later, when Cody Overbeck grounded back to the pitcher, the out should have been the inning’s last, but the play instead drove in a run for the first of three unearned tallies in the frame by the Missions.

After Claudio exited, Frisco’s two relievers struggled with wildness that hurt the team’s ninth-inning comeback bid. Francisco Mendoza hit the first batter he faced in the sixth inning and walked the next two to load the bases with nobody out. To Mendoza’s credit, he pulled through via a double play and a strikeout to end the inning with only one run allowed, the best possible scenario given the circumstances. However, on the 6-3 twin killing, Yeison Asencio, the player struck by Mendoza’s pitch, scored.

A hit batsmen plagued Erik Hamren as well, the RoughRiders’ arm in the eighth. Rymer Liriano was forced to leave the game after absorbing a shot to the elbow. The pinch runner for Liriano, Hunter Renfroe, scored all the same on a triple by Brian Bixler. In a game the ‘Riders lost by one run, the three unearned runs and the two additional runs that initially reached by way of a hit-by-pitch sank Frisco into too deep a hole.

Star of the Game: 2B Odubel Herrera - 3/4, R

Anyone holding his or her figurative breath in anticipation of a fall-off in Odubel’s offensive production has been doing so for quite a while now. The second baseman singled all over the place on Tuesday – once to right, once to left and once on the infield. His .342 batting average (68-for-199 through 53 games) is tops on the team.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders are now 0-33 when they trail after eight innings. They came close to breaking that streak on Tuesday afternoon, but couldn’t quite finish the job.

-Frisco also falls to 9-9 in day games this season. The team plays one more game under the sun on August 24 in Midland.

-As is his custom, San Antonio field manager Rich Dauer shuffled his lineup defensively during the game. In the seventh inning, Cory Spangenberg moved from center field to his more regular spot at second base. Casey McElroy then shifted from second to third and kicked Adam Buschini across the diamond from third to first. Cody Overbeck, who started the game at first, was replaced in the batting order by new center fielder Rymer Liriano, whose presence in the game was short-lived. After Liriano left the game with an injury in the eighth, Hunter Renfroe became the third center fielder of the ballgame for San Antonio.

-Frisco outhit the Missions 10-8 in the loss.

-Major league rehabber Geovany Soto had another good game and went 2-for-4 with a double as the DH. After his leadoff double in the ninth, Drew Robinson replaced Soto as a pinch runner and later scored on Chris Grayson’s two-run double. Fellow rehabber Jim Adduci was not in the lineup on Tuesday.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-4, 2SO

Playing in his first game with the ‘Riders since July 10, Gallo hit the ball out of the infield once on a fly out to left in the sixth.

 

 

Catcher Geovany Soto has been enjoying his time with the RoughRiders in the Texas League circuit and it shows in the numbers: 7-for-19 (.368) with four runs, two doubles and an RBI through six games. The 2008 National League Rookie of the Year also shares memories of his trip to the MLB All-Star Game in 2008:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Monday Night Marathon

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In terms of innings played (13), Monday’s affair with San Antonio was the longest of the season for the RoughRiders. And, of course, it comes on the eve of an 11:05 a.m. special on Tuesday. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: RF Chris Grayson - 1/5, RBI, 3SO, SF

The numbers may not jump off the stat sheet, but it’s hard to top the timeliness of Chris’s RBI last night. With the bases loaded and one away, the outfielder lofted a fly ball to deep right field that gave Trever Adams plenty of time to score from third and break a 2-2 tie in the top of the 13th inning. In his third stint with the ‘Riders in 2014 alone, Grayson totes a .276 average with 17 RBI in 27 games in the Texas League.

In case you missed it:

-While the 13-innings is a season-high for Frisco, the game was the second-longest of the season in terms of time elapsed. Monday’s game lasted four hours and 17 minutes but on May 15, the ‘Riders battled the Midland RockHounds for four hours and 23 minutes. In one of the crazier games of the season, the Hounds knocked off the horsemen 11-10 in 11 innings.

-Tomás Telis set a season-high with a four-hit night. In the tenth inning, Telis stole second base and advanced to third on an errant throw from San Antonio catcher Robert Kral.

-Patrick Cantwell was hit by a pitch for the 11th time this season, the most of any batter in the Texas League.

-RHP Randy Henry continues to improve with the ‘Riders and earned his first Double-A win of 2014. The reliever pitched three innings in overtime, each in a sudden-death situation, and allowed three hits and no walks with two strikeouts.

-Frisco’s two runs against San Antonio starter Leonel Campos were the Venezuelan’s first two earned runs allowed against the ‘Riders in 12 career appearances.

-The Missions have played in more extra-inning games (18) than any other team in the minors. Even more appalling in San Antonio’s record in said contests: 4-14.

-By comparison, Frisco moved to 2-3 in extras this season.

-Major league rehabbers Jim Adduci and Geovany Soto each went 0-for-4 in the ballgame. Adduci struck out twice and Soto suffered the same fate three times.

-Gallo watch: DNP

Joey was back in the dugout with the team, but stayed there after a whirlwind weekend to Minneapolis for the Futures Game.

 

 

Speaking of Joey, the slugger makes his premiere on the RoughRiders Pregame Show. He shares highlights from his MVP weekend for the Futures Game and illuminates upon some differences between his time in Advanced-A with Myrtle Beach and the ‘Riders at Double-A:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Alamo City Under Seige

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The RoughRiders blasted San Antonio with a barrage of 17 hits (one home run, two triples, five doubles) and bolted to an 11-2 win in the series opener. Click here to read the full game recap.

A better scenario to open the four-game series could not be crafted, but the ‘Riders have been in this situation before. Frisco also took game one in its last trip to San Antonio (May 16-19) only to see the Missions storm back and take the final three games in the set. The ‘Riders are just 3-6 at Wolff Municipal Stadium this season.

On Sunday, the ‘Riders rocked and rolled thanks once again to the contributions of rehabbers Geovany Soto and Jim Adduci. Both look good offensively and defensively, but Adduci in particular looks to rounding into the kind of form the Rangers can use in Arlington.

‘Riders fans can also thank the Corpus Christi Hooks for administering a 14-1 beatdown to the Midland RockHounds and snapping the Hounds’ nine-game winning streak. The results of the game allowed Frisco to regain possession of the top record in the Texas League at 52-39 overall. Midland now trails by a 1/2 game at 52-40. Additionally, a win for the Dogs last night would have tied the RoughRiders’ mark of ten straight wins, the longest streak in the Texas League this season.

Star of the Game: 1B Jim Adduci - 2/3, R, 2B, HR, 4RBI, SF

Jim’s eagerness to play baseball after a fracture and a re-fracture of his little finger is evident. In his second stint with the ‘Riders this season, the 29-year-old has batted 4-for-6 over his first pair of ballgames with two runs scored and five more driven in. He also stole a base with a textbook slide (feet first).

In case you missed it:

-The ‘Riders broke the game open with six runs and seven hits in the fifth inning. In that frame, Frisco sent ten men to the plate and clocked a triple, four doubles and two singles. Two of the two-baggers bounced out of play for a rulebook double.

-Sunday’s fifth inning marked the third time this season the ‘Riders have scored a half-dozen runs in a single frame.

-The ‘Riders tied a season high with 17 hits in the game.

-RHP Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez notched his second straight win on the mound and tossed five innings with no runs, five hits and one walk allowed. The righty also struck out four batters and is now 3-3 in Double-A this season.

-With 11 runs on 17 hits, there are plenty of honorable mentions at the plate to go around:

  • Odubel Herrera: 2-for-5, 2R, 3B, RBI
  • Chris Grayson: 2-for-4, 2R, GR2B, BB, ROE
  • Jake Skole: 3-for-5, 2R, GR2B, RBI
  • Hanser Alberto: 3-for-5, 3B, RBI

-Alberto has five hits in his last two games after starting 2-for-22 at the plate with Frisco.

-Two players made their RoughRiders’ debuts last night. J.T. Wise, newly signed from independent ball, played at DH and knocked two doubles with three RBI and a run scored. Right-handed pitcher Erik Hamren, also from the indie ranks, tossed two scoreless innings and allowed one walk with three strikeouts.

-In addition to Adduci, fellow rehabber Geovany Soto turned in a 2-for-4 night with two runs scored and a walk. Soto appears to be enjoying his return to the Double-A ranks. Soto could be seen signing autographs at Dr Pepper Ballpark after the game on Saturday night and in addition to riding the team bus down to San Antonio, Soto sprung for pizza, no doubt a welcome enhancement to the long drive.

-Gallo watch: DNP

Joey turned heads the Futures Game last night. He spiderwebbed a truck’s windshield on a towering home run in batting practice and then hit one that counted on the scoreboard during the game itself. The light-tower shot propelled the USA squad to a 3-2 victory over the World side and Gallo was named the game’s MVP. You can watch video of Gallo’s blast here:

 

 

As the RoughRiders head into the Dog Days of Summer, field manager Jason Wood provides his weekly State of the Team address on “Sunday with the Skipper.” Hear about Woody’s experience atop the mound in a big league game with the Florida Marlins. 11 pitches in an inning of relief? Not bad, skip!

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

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