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Saddle Up: Riders at Midland (DH, 5/19/16)

GAMES #38 and 39
Frisco RoughRiders (25-12) at Midland RockHounds (20-17)
Thursday, May 19 – Game one starts at 4:30 p.m.
Security Bank Ballpark – Midland, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Midland feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Live stats: Game oneGame two
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This series: Games 3 and 4 of 4 (Riders lead, 2-0)
This season: Games 7 and 8 of 28 (Riders lead, 4-2)

FRISCO LINEUP (Game one)

  1. Lewis Brinson RF
  2. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – SS
  3. Ryan Cordell – CF
  4. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  5. Preston Beck – DH
  6. Garrett Weber – SS
  7. Zach Cone – LF
  8. Luis Mendez – 3B
  9. Kellin Deglan – C

RHP Connor Sadzeck (4-0, 3.24 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Tuesday at Midland (W, 11-8 – 15 innings)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

Highlight of the night: Ronald Guzman‘s two-run triple adds insurance in the 15th

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Catcher Kellin Deglan

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders game with Midland yesterday was postponed due to rain…On Tuesday, the two teams played a 15-inning affair, ending in an 11-8 RoughRiders victory…Frisco led 6-1 after five innings behind masterful work from YU DARVISH in his rehab appearance. He struck out six and allowed just three hits, all singles, surrendering an unearned run in the first…Midland rallied back, however, with four runs in the sixth off of JOSE MONEGRO and another marker off of RYNE SLACK in the ninth to send the games to extra innings…Frisco and Midland traded solo home runs in the 13th before the RoughRiders jumped on the Hounds with four unearned runs in the 15th and held on for the win…PRESTON BECK earned the win in his 2016 pitching debut, allowing one run in two innings.

YU SAW SOMETHING SPECIAL:
Right-handed pitcher YU DARVISH re-joined the Riders to continue his Major League rehabilitation assignment Tuesday. The three-time American League All-Star worked five innings and allowed just three hits and an unearned run, while walking one and striking out six. Of Darvish’s 68 pitches, 47 were strikes.

RIDING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS:
Frisco’s 25-12 record is the best through 37 games in team history, one game ahead of the 2008 RoughRiders who were 24-13 at this point. The 2008 squad finished with an 84-56 record and lost to Arkansas in the Texas League championship series.

GOING STREAKING:
RYAN CORDELL has been off to a great start in 2016, including a Texas League Player of the Week and Player of the Month honor. Although his 17-game hitting streak came to an end May 2, he continued his on-base streak to an MiLB-leading 36 games Tuesday and reached twice in the win. Dating back to the final three games of 2015, he has reached base in 39 straight contests.

VIEW FROM THE TOP:
In addition to Cordell’s impressive on-base streak, he also leads the Texas League in numerous categories. With a solo home run in the eighth inning Monday, the Riders outfielder passed Midland’s Matt Chapman for the league lead in home runs (10) and Ryon Healy for the lead in RBI (35). Cordell also tops the the league in batting average (.353) and runs scored (34), and he leads all of Minor League Baseball in slugging percentage (.699).

STRIKEOUT FEVER:
After striking out 180 hitters in the first 23 games (7.8 per game), Riders pitching has amassed 125 punchouts in the last 14 games (8.9 per game). In addition, three starters have set career-highs in single-game strikeouts during that stretch (VICTOR PAYANO, 13; SAM WOLFF, 10;CONNOR SADZECK, 9).

STARTING SERIES STRONG:
With a win Monday night, the Riders now have a 9-2 record in series openers this year. The only two blemishes were one-run defeats, in last Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Midland and last Thursday’s 6-5 loss to Corpus Christi. The Riders have won six of their first 10 series, including two sweeps of Northwest Arkansas and San Antonio.

“ONE”-DERFUL IN CLOSE GAMES:
Despite leading the Texas League in run differential (+43), Frisco has played in 11 one-run contests, winning seven, over the last 20 games. The Riders have an 8-5 record in games decided by one run this year and are 4-1 in games decided by two runs.

HOME IS WHERE THE ‘PEN IS:
Right-handed pitcher JOSE LECLERC has made a marked improvement since transitioning from the starting rotation to the bullpen. Leclerc had an ERA of 7.88 in two starts but has allowed just two earned runs in 12.0 innings of relief, good for a 1.50 ERA.

HOW SWEEP IT ISN’T:
After losing all four games to Corpus Christi in the last series, the RoughRiders were swept for the first time this season. It was the first time Frisco had been swept since losing three games to Midland in the final series of last year (September 5-7).

CUT THEM SOME SLACK:
Reliever RYNE SLACK saw an impressive stretch come to an end in the eighth inning of Saturday’s game. The southpaw began the season with 14 1/3 scoreless innings between April 8 and May 8 until the Hooks finally tagged him for two runs Saturday. However, his .098 opposing average is still the best in the Texas League.

KINER CAN CATCH:
RoughRiders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA has found a new skillset, and it comes from behind the plate. The 21-year-old is catching for the first time in his career this season, having made seven starts behind the plate. The new position has worked incredibly well for Kiner-Falefa, who has caught the last four baserunners who have attempted to steal on his watch. He had not allowed a passed ball for the first five games until allowing one in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader.

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate with a winning record. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 97-57 (.630), which is the second-best winning percentage among all Minor League systems behind Cleveland. Every full-season affiliate in the organization has a record above .500, as Class A Hickory enters the day at 26-13, Class A-Advanced High Desert is 26-14, and Triple-A Round Rock is 20-18. Round Rock was recently ranked the fifth-best Minor League team (any level) by MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

TOP OF THE CLASS:
The RoughRiders enter the season with six players ranked in either Baseball America or MLBPipeline.com’s Rangers Top 30 Prospects. LEWIS BRINSON, the No. 2 prospect in Rangers’ farm system according to MLBPipeline.com and Baseball America, returns to Frisco. He appeared in 28 games for the Riders last season, hitting .291 with six home runs and 23 RBI before being promoted to Round Rock. Brinson is joined by five other players named in the lists—RYAN CORDELL (No. 15 in MLB, No. 11 in BA), RONALD GUZMAN (23, 29), JOSE LECLERC (25, 21), SAM WOLFF (26, NR), and CONNOR SADZECK (27, 26).

OPPOSING STARTER:
GAME ONE: The RoughRiders face Corey Walter for the first time this year in Game One of the twin bill. Walter moved into the rotation when Daniel Megden was promoted to Triple-A, but he missed Frisco in the first series between the two teams…Drafted in the 28th Round of the 2014 Draft out of West Virginia University, Walter throws a two-seam sinker and a slider and is working on his changeup….GAME TWO: Righty Joel Seddon takes the ball for Midland tonight in the back-half of the doubleheader. Seddon has turn things around after a rough start, alllowed three or fewer earned runs in three of his last four outings, including one against Frisco. Seddon is in his third season as a professional and his first with the RockHounds. 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 made 14 starts in 34 appearances with Class A-Advanced Stockton last season. His arsenal includes a two-seam and four-seam fastball, changeup, slider, and curveball.

By the numbers: Tuesday’s wild win in Midland

26413997862_94f0740c63_zThere were all kinds of twists and turns in the Riders 15-inning win at Midland Tuesday. Here’s the numerical breakdown of all the madness.

302

Minutes played (5 hrs. 2 min.)

135

Plate appearances

19

Runs

7

Unearned runs

30

Hits (23 singles)

5

Errors

26

Men left on base

5

Double plays turned

9

Players with multiple hits

4

Home runs

16

Walks

19

Strikeouts

13

Pitchers used

495

Pitches thrown (307 strikes)

5

1-2-3 innings (out of 30 half-innings)

11

Half-innings with a run scored

6-1

The lead for Frisco when Yu Darvish completed his five innings of work in his rehab start

2

Number of times Midland rallied to tie the game when facing its final out

1-0

Preston Beck’s career record as a pitcher after yesterday. The Riders starting right fielder came on in the 14th and worked the final two innings to pick up the win. It was his second career appearance on the mound as a pro, with the other coming in the final game last season (also against Midland).

6:41

Unofficial time of delay while umpires determined whether Ryan Cordell’s pop-up was cleanly caught in the top of the 15th. They ultimately ruled it was dropped, which brought in the decisive runs.

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Fiddle Hitcher – A pitcher who uses delaying tactics.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders at Midland (5/17/16)

GAME #37
Frisco RoughRiders (24-12) at Midland RockHounds (20-16)
Tuesday, May 17 – 11:00 a.m.
Security Bank Ballpark – Midland, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Midland feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 2 of 4 (Riders lead, 1-0)
This season: Game 6 of 28 (Riders lead, 3-2)

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Yu Darivsh makes his second rehab start with the Riders today.

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Lewis Brinson CF
  2. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – SS
  3. Ryan Cordell – LF
  4. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  5. Alex Burg – DH
  6. Preston Beck – RF
  7. Alberto Triunfel – 2B
  8. Luis Mendez – 3B
  9. Kellin Deglan – C

RHP Yu Darvish (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Monday at Midland (W, 4-2)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

Highlight of the night: Ryan Cordell blasts his 10th homer of the year

PREGAME INTERVIEW: IF Garrett Weber

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
Erasing an early deficit, the RoughRiders scored three runs in the third inning, two unearned, to move ahead for good…RYAN CORDELL hit a solo homer in the eighth to put Frisco ahead by a pair, and JOSE LECLERC shut the door in the ninth for the save, despite a near-game-ending fly out for the final out…REED GARRETT tossed five innings and allowed just two runs, only one of which was earned, on two hits and a pair of walks for his first win…CODY PALMQUIST faced the minimum in three innings, allowing only a single.

YU READY FOR DARVISH?:
Right-handed pitcher YU DARVISH re-joins the Riders today as he continues his Major League rehabilitation assignment. The three-time American League All-Star is slated to throw five innings or about 75 pitches in his fourth Minor League start (second with Frisco).

BUSH IN THE BIGS:
After being on the Riders roster from Opening Day until Thursday, Matt Bush was promoted straight to the Major Leagues on Friday. The right-handed pitcher has worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the Texas Rangers in two relief appearances against the Toronto Blue Jays.

STARTING SERIES STRONG:
With a win last night, the Riders now have a 9-2 record in series openers this year. The only two blemishes were one-run defeats, in last Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Midland and Thursday’s 6-5 loss to Corpus Christi. The Riders have won six of their first 10 series, including two sweeps of Northwest Arkansas and San Antonio.

RIDING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS:
Frisco’s 24-12 record is the best through 36 games in team history, one game ahead of the 2008 RoughRiders who were 23-13 at this point. The 2008 squad finished with an 84-56 record and lost to Arkansas in the Texas League championship series.

GOING STREAKING:
RYAN CORDELL has been off to a great start in 2016, including a Texas League Player of the Week and Player of the Month honor. Although his 17-game hitting streak came to an end May 2, he continued his on-base streak to an MiLB-leading 35 games Monday and reached twice in the win. Dating back to the final three games of 2015, he has reached base in 38 straight contests.

VIEW FROM THE TOP:
In addition to Cordell’s impressive on-base streak, he also leads the Texas League in numerous categories. With a solo home run in the eighth inning yesterday, Cordell passed Midland’s Matt Chapman for the league lead in home runs (10) and Ryon Healy for the lead in RBI (35). Cordell also tops the the league in runs scored (31) and leads all of Minor League Baseball in slugging percentage (.719).

STRIKEOUT FEVER:
After striking out 180 hitters in the first 23 games (7.8 SO/9 IP), Riders pitching has amassed 113 punchouts in the last 13 games (8.7 per game). In addition, three starters have set career-highs in single-game strikeouts recently (VICTOR PAYANO, 13; SAM WOLFF, 10; CONNOR SADZECK, 9).

BULLING DOWN THE HOUNDS:
While Midland has found some success scoring early, the Riders bullpen has made the going tough late in games. In the first five games against the Hounds, Riders relievers have combined to allow just three runs on 12 hits in 23 innings (1.17 ERA), while walking just five and striking out 23. On the season, the Riders bullpen holds a 2.34 ERA.

HOW SWEEP IT ISN’T:
After losing all four games to Corpus Christi in the last series, the RoughRiders were swept for the first time this season. It was the first time Frisco had been swept since losing three games to Midland in the final series of last year (September 5-7).

CUT THEM SOME SLACK:
Reliever RYNE SLACK saw an impressive stretch come to an end in the eighth inning of Saturday’s game. The southpaw began the season with 14 1/3 scoreless innings between April 8 and May 8 until the Hooks finally tagged him for two runs yesterday. Going into last night, Slack had also not allowed a hit in 11 2/3 innings of work. His .068 opposing average is still the best in the Texas League.

“ONE”-DERFUL IN CLOSE GAMES:
Despite leading the Texas League in run differential (+40), Frisco has played in 11 one-run contests, winning seven, over the last 19 games. The Riders have an 8-5 record in games decided by one run this year and are 4-1 in games decided by two runs.

HOME IS WHERE THE ‘PEN IS:
Right-handed pitcher JOSE LECLERC has made a marked improvement since transitioning from the starting rotation to the bullpen. Leclerc had an ERA of 7.88 in two starts but has allowed just two earned runs in 12.0 innings of relief, good for a 1.50 ERA.

KINER CAN CATCH:
RoughRiders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA has found a new skillset, and it comes from behind the plate. The 21-year-old is catching for the first time in his career this season, having made seven starts behind the plate. The new position has worked incredibly well for Kiner-Falefa, who has caught the last four baserunners who have attempted to steal on his watch. He had not allowed a passed ball for the first five games until allowing one in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader.

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate with a winning record. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 94-54 (.635), which is the second-best winning percentage among all Minor League systems behind Cleveland. Every full-season affiliate in the organization won yesterday and has a record above .500, good for first-place in their respective divisions, as Class A-Advanced High Desert enters the day at 26-12, Class A Hickory is 25-12, and Triple-A Round Rock is 19-18. Round Rock was recently ranked the fifth-best Minor League team (any level) by MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

TOP OF THE CLASS:
The RoughRiders enter the season with six players ranked in either Baseball America or MLBPipeline.com’s Rangers Top 30 Prospects. LEWIS BRINSON, the No. 2 prospect in Rangers’ farm system according to MLBPipeline.com and Baseball America, returns to Frisco. He appeared in 28 games for the Riders last season, hitting .291 with six home runs and 23 RBI before being promoted to Round Rock. Brinson is joined by five other players named in the lists—RYAN CORDELL (No. 15 in MLB, No. 11 in BA), RONALD GUZMAN (23, 29), JOSE LECLERC (25, 21), SAM WOLFF (26, NR), and CONNOR SADZECK (27, 26).

OPPOSING STARTER:
Signed by the Oakland Athletics as a free agent to a Minor League contract on July 30, 2014, Joey Wagman makes his 2016 RockHounds debut today…The right-hander made one appearance for Midland a year ago but spent most of the season in A-ball…Wagman was originally selected by the Chicago White Sox out of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in the 17th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, but was released on April 9, 2014…The Athletics signed Wagman after he spent 12 games, 11 starts, with the Rockford Aviators of the independent Frontier League…He offers a four-pitch mix, throwing an 87-88 mph fastball, curveball, slider, and a changeup

Saddle Up: Riders at Midland (5/16/16)

GAME #36
Frisco RoughRiders (23-12) at Midland RockHounds (20-15)
Monday, May 16 – 6:30 p.m.
Security Bank Ballpark – Midland, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Midland feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 1 of 4
This season: Game 5 of 28 (Series tied, 2-2)

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Isiah Kiner-Falefa is batting outside the leadoff spot for the first time this season.

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Lewis Brinson – CF
  2. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – C
  3. Ryan Cordell – DH
  4. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  5. Preston Beck – RF
  6. Zach Cone – LF
  7. Garrett Weber – 2B
  8. Alberto Triunfel – SS
  9. Luis Mendez – 3B

RHP Reed Garrett (0-0, 5.03 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Saturday at Corpus Christi (L, 6-3)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

Highlight of the night: Garrett Weber goes yard in the ninth

PREGAME INTERVIEW: RHP Emerson Martinez

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
Shut out until the ninth inning, the RoughRiders dropped game four of the five-game set with Corpus Christi 6-3…The Riders snapped a 19-inning scoreless drought with an RBI double from RONALD GUZMAN and a two-run homer by GARRETT WEBERDavid Paulino blanked Frisco over the first five innings, and Kyle Smith posted three perfect innings before the partial rally in the ninth by the Riders…Frisco needed five pitchers to complete their eight innings with only newcomersJASON RICHMAN and EMERSON MARTINEZ unscored upon…The Hooks scored two runs in the second, two in the fifth, and two in the eighth and loaded the bases in four different innings, leaving on 15 baserunners in eight innings.

BUSH IN THE BIGS:
After being on the Riders roster from Opening Day until Thursday, Matt Bush was promoted straight to the Major Leagues on Friday. The right-handed pitcher has worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the Texas Rangers in two relief appearances against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.

HOW SWEEP IT ISN’T:
After losing all four games to Corpus Christi in the last series, the RoughRiders were swept for the first time this season. It was the first time Frisco had been swept since losing three games to Midland in the final series of last year (September 5-7).

STARTING SERIES STRONG:
Through the first 10 series of the season, the Riders have an 8-2 record in series openers. The only two blemishes were one-run defeats, in last Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Midland and Thursday’s 6-5 loss to Corpus Christi. The Riders have won six of their first 10 series, including two sweeps of Northwest Arkansas and San Antonio.

RIDING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS:
The 23-12 record ties the the 2008 squad for the best record through 35 games in team history. The 2008 RoughRiders finished with an 84-56 record and lost to Arkansas in the Texas League championship series.

GOING STREAKING:
RYAN CORDELL has been off to a great start in 2016, including a Texas League Player of the Week and Player of the Month honor. Although his 17-game hitting streak came to an end May 2, he continued his on-base streak to an MiLB-leading 34 games Saturday by drawing a walk in the ninth inning. Dating back to the final three games of 2015, he has reached base in 37 straight contests.

STRIKEOUT FEVER:
After striking out 180 hitters in the first 23 games (7.8 SO/9 IP), Riders pitching has amassed 109 punchouts in the last 12 games (9.1 per game). In addition, three starters have set career-highs in single-game strikeouts recently (VICTOR PAYANO, 13; SAM WOLFF, 10; CONNOR SADZECK, 9).

BULLING DOWN THE ‘HOUNDS:
While Midland has found some success scoring early, the Riders bullpen has made the going tough late in games. In the first four-game series, Riders relievers combined to allow just three runs on nine hits in 19 innings of relief, while walking just five and striking out 21. On the season, the Riders bullpen holds a 2.42 ERA.

CUT THEM SOME SLACK:
Reliever RYNE SLACK saw an impressive stretch come to an end in the eighth inning of Saturday’s game. The southpaw began the season with 14 1/3 scoreless innings between April 8 and May 8 until the Hooks finally tagged him for two runs yesterday. Going into last night, Slack had also not allowed a hit in 11 2/3 innings of work. His .068 opposing average is still the best in the Texas League.

“ONE”-DERFUL IN CLOSE GAMES:
Despite leading the Texas League in run differential (+38), Frisco has played in 11 one-run contests, winning seven, over the last 18 games. The Riders have an 8-5 record in games decided by one run this year and are 3-1 in games decided by two runs.

HOME IS WHERE THE ‘PEN IS:
Right-handed pitcher JOSE LECLERC has made a marked improvement since transitioning from the starting rotation to the bullpen. Leclerc had an ERA of 7.88 in two starts but has allowed just two earned runs in 11.0 innings of relief, good for a 1.64 ERA.

DOUBLE TROUBLE:
The Riders were swept in Friday’s doubleheader, dropping both games to Corpus Christi and scoring just two runs in 14 innings. The last time Frisco dropped both games of a twinbill was last year on June 16 at Whataburger Field. The Riders were shut out in both games (2-0 and 5-0) and went on to lose all four games in the series.

KINER CAN CATCH:
RoughRiders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA has found a new skillset, and it comes from behind the plate. The 21-year-old is catching for the first time in his career this season, having made six starts behind the plate. The new position has worked incredibly well for Kiner-Falefa, who has caught the last three baserunners who have run on his watch. He had not allowed a passed ball for the first five games until allowing one in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader.

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate with a winning record. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 89-52 (.631), which is the second-best winning percentage among all Minor League systems behind Cleveland. Every full-season affiliate in the organization has a record above .500, as Class A Hickory enters the day at 24-11, Class A-Advanced High Desert is 24-12, and Triple-A Round Rock is 18-17. Three of the four affiliates currently lead their respective divisions. Round Rock was recently ranked the fifth-best Minor League team (any level) by MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

TOP OF THE CLASS:
The RoughRiders enter the season with six players ranked in either Baseball America or MLBPipeline.com’s Rangers Top 30 Prospects. LEWIS BRINSON, the No. 2 prospect in Rangers’ farm system according to MLBPipeline.com and Baseball America, returns to Frisco. He appeared in 28 games for the Riders last season, hitting .291 with six home runs and 23 RBI before being promoted to Round Rock. Brinson is joined by five other players named in the lists—RYAN CORDELL (No. 15 in MLB, No. 11 in BA), RONALD GUZMAN (23, 29), JOSE LECLERC (25, 21), SAM WOLFF (26, NR), and CONNOR SADZECK (27, 26).

OPPOSING STARTER:
Right-hander Raul Alcantara is scheduled to make the start for Midland in tonight’s series finale. The 23-year-old was named Texas League Player of the Week last week after dealing six no-hit innings in a win over Corpus Christi on May 4. Acquired in a trade with the Red Sox in December of 2011, this is Alcantara’s second season in Midland, with the other being a short stint at the beginning of 2014. His season ended after just three starts, though, due to injury. Alcantara spent last season at Class A-Advanced Stockton, as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. Alcantara is ranked as the 16th-best prospect in the Oakland organization by MLBPipeline.com and 19th by Baseball America. He is a member of the A’s 40-man roster, joining it for the first time in November 2013. REPERTOIRE: Fastball, curveball, slider, changeup.

Saddle Up: Riders vs Midland (5/10/16)

GAME #31
Frisco RoughRiders (23-7) vs. Midland RockHounds (18-13)
Tuesday, May 10 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Ryan Rouillard)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Barnett and Rouillard)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 4 of 4 (Riders lead, 2-1)
This season: Game 4 of 28 (Riders lead, 2-1)

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Ryan Cordell recorded his third career multi-home run game on Monday vs Midland

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 3B
  2. Ryan Cordell – CF
  3. Lewis Brinson – LF
  4. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  5. Zach Cone – RF
  6. Joe Jackson – DH
  7. Alberto Triunfel – 2B
  8. Luis Mendez – SS
  9. Kellin Deglan – C

LHP Frank Lopez (3-0, 3.86 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Monday vs. Midland (W, 6-5)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: RHP Jose Leclerc

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
RYAN CORDELL homered twice to lead the RoughRiders to a 6-5 win over Midland…The Riders scored five run in the second, and Cordell’s go-ahead blast in the fifth proved to be the difference…Midland’s Yairo Munoz also hit two homers Monday and finished 3-for-4 with 4 RBI…JOSE LECLERC worked three perfect innings out of the bullpen, and JOSE VALDESPINA earned his first save of the year.

NO MINOR FEAT:
Entering the day at 23-7 (.767), the Riders have the best winning percentage among all 120 full-season affiliates in Minor League Baseball.

RIDING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS:
The 23-7 record marks the best 30-game start in team history, besting the 2008 squad that started 22-8. The 2008 RoughRiders, finished with an 84-56 record and lost to Arkansas in the Texas League championship series.

GOING STREAKING:
RYAN CORDELL has been off to a great start in 2016, including a Texas League Player of the Week and Player of the Month honor. Although his 17-game hitting streak came to an end after going 0-for-3 last Monday, he continued his on-base streak to an MiLB-leading 29 games last night with his two-home run performance. Dating back to the final three games of 2015, he has reached base in 32 straight contests.

CONDOR FLYING HIGH:
RONALD “CONDOR” GUZMAN is tearing it up as of late, having reached base safely in 17 straight games, the third-longest active streak in the Texas League. He has hits in 15 of those 17 games, and RBI in ten. In that span, he’s hitting .381, with six doubles, three home runs, and 13 RBI.

STRIKEOUT FEVER:
After striking out 180 hitters in the first 23 games (7.8 SO/9 IP), Riders pitching has amassed 72 punchouts in the last seven games (10.3). In addition, three starters have set career-highs in single-game strikeouts recently (VICTOR PAYANO, 13;SAM WOLFF, 10; CONNOR SADZECK, 9).

“ONE”-DERFUL IN CLOSE GAMES:
Despite leading the Texas League in run differential (+53), Frisco has played in 10 one-run contests, winning seven, over the last 14 games. The Riders have a 8-4 record in games decided by one run this year and are 3-0 in games decided by two runs.

CUT THEM SOME SLACK:
Reliever RYNE SLACK is in the midst of an impressive stretch, not having allowed a hit in his last 11 2/3 innings of work. He still has yet to permit a run in 14 1/3 innings of relief work this season, and his .049 opposing average is the best in the Texas League.

BULLING DOWN THE HOUNDS:
While Midland has found some success scoring early, the Riders bullpen has made the going tough late in games. Through the first three games of the series, Riders relievers have combined to allow just one run on three hits in 14 innings of relief, while walking just four and striking out 14. On the season, the Riders bullpen holds a 2.20 ERA.

HOME IS WHERE THE ‘PEN IS:
Right-handed pitcher JOSE LECLERC has made a marked improvement since transitioning from the starting rotation to the bullpen. Leclerc had an ERA of 7.88 in two starts, but has allowed just one earned run in 11.0 innings of relief, good for a 0.82 ERA. Among active relievers, only RYNE SLACK has a better ERA (0.00).

KINER CAN CATCH:
RoughRiders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA has found a new skillset, and it comes from behind the plate. The 21-year-old is catching for the first time in his career this season, having made five starts behind the plate. The new position has worked incredibly well for Kiner-Falefa, who has caught the last three baserunners who have run on his watch, including Midland’s Matt Chapman Saturday night. He also has yet to have a passed ball.

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate off to a hot start. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 82-40 (.672), which is the best winning percentage among all minor-league systems. Class A-Advanced High Desert Class-A Hickory enters the day at 21-10 while Class A-Advaned High Desert is 20-11, and Triple-A Round Rock is 18-12. Three of the four affiliates currently lead their respective divisions. Round Rock was recently ranked the fifth-best Minor League team (any level) by MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Right-hander Raul Alcantara is scheduled to make the start for Midland in tonight’s series finale. The 23-year-old was named Texas League Player of the Week on Monday after dealing six no-hit innings last Wednesday in a win over Corpus Christi. Acquired in a trade with the Red Sox in December of 2011, this is Alcantara’s second season in Midland, with the other being a short stint at the beginning of 2014. His season ended after just three starts, though, due to injury. Alcantara spent last season at Class A-Advanced Stockton, as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. Alcantara is ranked as the 16th-best prospect in the Oakland organization by MLBPipeline.com and 19th by Baseball America. He is a member of the A’s 40-man roster, joining it for the first time in November 2013. REPERTOIRE: Fastball, curveball, slider, changeup.

SDCS Game Three Notes: Do or Die


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A 3-2 win for the Midland RockHounds in game three sets up a must-win scenario for the RoughRiders in game four of the Texas League South Division Championship Series. Click here to read the Game Two recap.

Much has attention has been paid the RoughRiders for their “prospect-packed” roster, and deservedly so. But a pair of prospects on Midland’s veteran-laden lineup have played a key role in the outcome of this series. Daniel Robertson, the number one prospect in the A’s organization, drove in a run in his Double-A debut to give Midland a 1-0 lead. Fellow infielder Matt Chapman, in his first full year of professional baseball, batted 2-for-3 on Friday with two RBI, a double and a back-breaking home run off Alec Asher in the seventh to snap a 2-2 tie. Chapman’s home run was a particularly sharp dagger because the ‘Riders had managed to tie the score in the top of the inning.

It’s not like the A’s are stacking Midland’s roster for a playoff push, either. Robertson arrived after his Advanced-A Stockton squad fell in the California League playoffs. He replaces Hiro Nakajima, who broke his wrist in game one at Dr Pepper Ballpark. Chapman, meanwhile, takes the place of Jefry Marte, who was shut down on the final day of the regular season with an oblique injury.

Star of the Game: 2B Odubel Herrera – 2/3, R, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 SB, SO

Odubel has had a great series with five hits in three games. He also has three RBI, three walks, a double and a home run. The ‘Riders will need him to stay hot to have a chance in game four.

In case you missed it:

-Frisco outhit Midland 9-8.

-The ‘Riders had a chance to score early with men at the corners in the first inning. They stranded both runners and abandoned men on second and third in the seventh with the score knotted at 2-2.

-The RoughRiders scored another unearned run on a throwing error by Max Muncy in the third inning. There has been at least one unearned run scored by either team in all three games of the series.

-Nick Williams has a hit in all three games of the series.

 

Game two starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff shares his thoughts about what went right and what went wrong against the RockHounds in a 6-3 loss on Thursday:

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-Chris V.

They Came to Play

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The RoughRiders earned the right to feel good about themselves after they emerged from the Permian basin as winners of 3-of-4. While the pitching battled itself at times as much as Midland’s potent lineup (season-high 11 walks on Wednesday), the offense shelled the RockHounds for 44 hits and 25 runs. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game(s): 1B Joey Gallo – 1/4, R, HR, 2RBI, BB, 2SO

Impossible to ignore Joey for the second straight night after he knocked game-winning home run with two outs in the top of the ninth in a tie ballgame. The 20-year-old moves into a tie for the minor league home run lead with friend Kris Bryant, each with 33 jacks on the season. Joey also moves into a tie for fifth in the Texas League with 12 home runs. The T.L. is paced by Preston Tucker’s 17. However, with Tucker now in Triple-A, the active leader is Corpus Christi’s Telvin Nash with 15.

In case you missed it:

-Patrick Cantwell finished 0-for-2 with two runs, a walk and two hit-by-pitches. He also reached on an error.

-Cantwell leads the Texas League with 13 hit-by-pitches this season.

-Another double for Trever Adams places him in third place in the Texas League with 23 two-baggers this season. Arkansas’ Alex Yarbrough leads the league with 33.

-J.T. Wise raised his batting average 88 points after a 4-for-4 night in game two of the double header on Tuesday.

-Gallo watch: See above

-A look at the RoughRiders home run leader board (active players only):

1. Joey Gallo (12)

2. Trever Adams (11)

3. Drew Robinson (9)

4. Teodoro Martinez (3)

5. Chris Grayson (2)

5. Jake Skole (2)

7. Odubel Herrera (1)

7. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

Alex Claudio joins the RoughRiders PreGame Show and talks about his Reliever of the Month honors in June and his experiences as a new father. Special thanks to Guilder Rodriguez for translating:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

This Split Tastes Pretty Good

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The RoughRiders earned the doubleheader split on Tuesday the hard way. After Midland usurped the ‘Riders with a Dusty Coleman two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth (remember, they only play seven innings in a twin bill) to win 7-6, Frisco buckled the chinstrap and won 8-3 in game two. In both cases, the ‘Riders fell behind in the first inning and rallied to take the lead. Their lead in game two stuck and although the squad  the RoughRiders are faced with a rare opportunity to win a series in west Texas. Click here to read the two-game recap.

Star of the Game(s): 3B/DH Joey Gallo – 4/7, R, HR, 5RBI, 2SO

Joey gave Midland fits on Tuesday as he through, over and away from its defensive shift. His two-run home run in game one kicked off a five-run inning for the RoughRiders and he racked up three singles and three RBI in the second half of the double header. The Futures Game MVP smacked his first dinger since July 7 (a drought of nine games because of the time he missed in Minneapolis).

His home run totals now read 32 on the season and 11 with Frisco. Joey still trails Kris Bryant by one in the race for the overall lead in Minor League Baseball and he moves into a tie with Trever Adams for most on the team. The slugger still leads the Carolina League in homers by six. Preston Tucker sits atop the Texas League in home runs with 17, but he now plays in the Triple-A ranks. In short, it is entirely conceivable for Joey to win home run titles in two leagues this season.

In case you missed it:

-Honorable mention needs to go to J.T. Wise. The former Wichita Wingnut saw action at catcher in the second game and was not retired at the dish. Wise hit 4-for-4 with a double and three runs scored and raised his batting average by 88 points.

-Another shout-out is awarded to RHP Brodie Downs. The new 35-year-old tossed a scoreless fourth inning in game two and earned his first win with a major league affiliate since August 4, 2009.

-The RoughRiders have racked up 20 runs and 36 hits in the first three games of this series.

-Gallo watch: See above

-A look at the RoughRiders home run board (active players only):

1. Trever Adams (11)

1. Joey Gallo (11)

3. Drew Robinson (9)

4. Teodoro Martinez (3)

5. Chris Grayson (2)

6. Jake Skole (2)

7. Odubel Herrera (1)

8. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

After earning Minor League Pitcher of the Month recognition from the Rangers, Alec faced adversity in the month of July, losing his first three decisions. The righty responded against the Midland RockHounds on July 21 and allowed just one run and five hits over 7 1/3 innings.

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Finally, A Big Inning

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Facing the hottest team in the Texas League, the RoughRiders were able to generate the big inning offensively, using a four-run frame to oust the Midland RockHounds. The Hounds won 14 of their first 17 games in July and had taken five straight off Frisco at Security Bank Ballpark. It was the first time since July 13, in an 11-2 demolition of San Antonio, the ‘Riders scored more than two runs in a single frame. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: 1B Trever Adams – 3/5, R, HR, 3RBI, SO

Trever asserted himself at the plate on Monday as he tallied his second home run and his second multi-hit game in the past six games. It was his first three-hit night since June 19. The Nebraskan continues to display consistency at the plate and has not posted a hitless streak of more than two games since April 28-May 3. In the face of the dog days of summer, Trever still has not had back-to-back games with out a base knock in the second half of the season, which began June 17. The righty leads the team in the following categories as of July 21:

  • Games played: 87
  • At-bats: 332
  • Runs: 47
  • Hits: 91
  • Doubles: 21 (tied for third in the Texas League)
  • Home runs: 11
  • RBI: 44
  • Total bases: 147

In case you missed it:

-Patrick Cantwell also had a three-hit outing and finished with a run, a double and two RBI. It was the fourth three-hit night of the season for the ‘Riders backstop. Patrick also raised his batting average to a season-high .259 as his offensive production continues to improve.

-Alec Asher regained the form that made him the Rangers Minor League Pitcher of the Month in June. After he dropped his first three decisions in July, the right-hander pitched into the eighth inning on Monday and allowed just one run on five hits with one walk and four strikeouts. He threw just 88 pitches and 58 for strikes.

-The RoughRiders outhit Midland 16-6 and came one knock shy of tying their season high of 17 hits in a game.

-In a strange sequence, the RockHounds lost both their hitting coach Webster Garrison and their field manager Aaron Nieckula within a span of a few minutes in the fifth inning. Garrison had been barking from the dugout at home plate umpire Clay Park all game and finally received his exit papers. Interestingly enough, it came in the top of the frame with the ‘Riders at the plate. Nieckula grew hot under the collar with his hitting coach ejected and joined him in the locker room shortly thereafter.

-Gallo watch: 2-for-3, R, 2B, SAC, BB, SO

That’s no typo. Joey dropped the first sacrifice bunt of his professional career to advance Trever Adams up to second base in the second inning. The double in the fourth was his eighth with the RoughRiders and 17th of the season.

-Midland’s Jeremy Barfield started the game in right field and took the mound to pitch in the ninth inning. The hulking right-hander spent a portion of last season in extended spring training as part of his conversion process and began the 2014 campaign with Advanced-A Stockton. He made his Double-A pitching debut and picked up two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning. At the plate, Barfield went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

-We take another look at the RoughRiders home run board (active players only):

  1. Trever Adams (11)
  2. Joey Gallo (10)
  3. Drew Robinson (9)
  4. Teodoro Martinez (3)
  5. Chris Grayson (2)
  6. Jake Skole (2)
  7. Odubel Herrera (1)
  8. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

Ryan Rodebaugh is in fine fettle once again after a week on the disabled list with a stomach virus. Rodey missed the team’s last trip to San Antonio and tells us he couldn’t even leave his apartment for a stretch of a few days. No more information necessary. In his return to the bump on July 19, the right-hander sat down three men on strikes for a perfect sixth inning that lasted just 12 pitches as part of a 2-1 win over Corpus Christi.

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

‘Riders Rewind – June 17

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The second half began in the same way the first half ended for the RoughRiders. Click here to read the full game recap.

The RoughRiders have lost three in a row for the third time this season. They dropped a trio April 5-7 and lost three consecutive to the Missions at Wolff Stadium May 17-19.  Frisco has not been swept in a series this year, an instrumental factor in its standing atop the Texas League. The ‘Riders thus far have been able to avoid the long losing skid.

Of course, last night’s results and indeed, baseball as a whole, seem shallow in the face of Richard Durrett’s passing yesterday afternoon. His presence is already missed. Be sure to read Alex’s eulogy to Richard on the ‘Riders Insider Blog.

Star of the Game: 2B Odubel Herrera – 2/4, RBI

Odubel’s run-scoring single in the sixth inning broke an stretch of 18 scoreless frames for the ‘Riders. He also reached on an infield base knock in the eighth inning to load the bases as Frisco attempted to piece together a rally. Through 59 games played in 2014 (29 with Myrtle Beach and 30 with Frisco), the Venezuelan is batting .314 with 40 runs scored and 29 driven in.

In case you missed it:

-The opponent has scored first in all seven games of the road trip thus far.

-Midland’s Anthony Aliotti continued his romp against the RoughRiders with a double, a home run and two RBI. For the series, Aliotti is 7-for-11 with four runs, three doubles, two home runs, four RBI, a walk and three strikeouts.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-3, 2BB, K; Gallo has drawn six walks in the series (two per game) and now has nine free trips with the RoughRiders alongside 13 strikeouts.

-LHP Will Lamb made his RoughRiders debut and pitched one scoreless inning. The 6-foot-6 180 pound hurler allowed one hit, one walk and tossed (surprise!) one strikeout.

-The RoughRiders outhit Midland 9-8, but left 13 men on base.

Our pregame interview with outfielder Teodoro Martinez details Teo’s approach at the plate (as evidenced by his .310 batting average) and his rooting interests in the World Cup. His answer may surprise you:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

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