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Saddle Up: Riders vs. Midland (9/5)

GAME #139 (2nd HALF GAME #70)

Frisco RoughRiders (62-76 overall, 24-45 2nd half) vs. Midland RockHounds (78-61, 45-24 2nd half)
Monday, September 5 – 4:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Barnett and Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Games 2-3 of 4 (RockHounds lead 1-0)
This season: Games 26-27 of 28 (RockHounds lead 14-11)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Scott Carroll (1-1, 3.41 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Doubleheader vs. Midland (L, 5-4 – 7 innings / L, 2-1 – 8 innings)

Box Score Game 1 / Box Score Game 2
Recap Game 1 / Recap Game 2
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Manager Joe Mikulik

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:

The RoughRiders lost both games of yesterday’s doubleheader against Midland…GAME ONE: Trailing 5-2 in the seventh inning, the Riders rallied for a pair of runs on a throwing error by Midland reliever Kyle Finnegan and a fielding error by Richie Martin…However, the Riders left the bases loaded to end the game…GAME TWO: FRANK LOPEZ turned in five strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits…DARIN MASTROIANNI hit the first home run for Frisco since August 24…With the game tied 1-1 in the eighth, the RockHounds broke through with a run on three two-out hits to win 2-1.

RIDING TO POST-SEASON STARDOM:

Wednesday, the Texas League announced that outfielder RYAN CORDELL and first baseman RONALD GUZMAN were selected to the Texas League Post-Season All-Star team. Cordell is hitting .264 in 107 games this season with 19 homers and 70 RBI. He was the Texas League and Rangers Minor League Player of the Month for April. Cordell has been on the DL since August 3. Guzman was a .288 hitter with 15 homers and 56 RBI in 102 games with the Riders. He participated in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in July and was promoted to Triple-A Round Rock on August 3. Additionally, Riders hitting coach JASON HART was named this year’s recipient of the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Coach of the Year Award.

MANHANDLED BY MIDLAND:

After a competitive first half of the season-series between Frisco and Midland, the RockHounds have dominated in the second half. Not only do the Hounds have a much better overall record than the RoughRiders now, but they have won 11 of the 13 second-half meetings. The Riders’ two second- half wins over Midland have come on June 21 and August 3.The RoughRiders have scored one run or fewer in eight of the 13 games.

THE PEN IS MIGHTIER:

The Riders bullpen has been very reliable the last few weeks, including only allowing three earned runs in the last four games (13.1 IP). In the last 14 contests, the bullpen has covered a lot of innings and has performed admirably with a 2.10 ERA (12 ER / 51.1 IP). The relievers have struck out 56 and walked 25, with six of the walks coming Wednesday. For the year, the bullpen has a 3.92 ERA with 512 strikeouts and 249 walks in 514.0 IP.

CHASING THE WRONG HISTORY:

The 2016 RoughRiders got off to one of the best starts in team history. The club had the best record through all but one of the first 45 games of the season, beginning the year an impressive 5-0, 9-1, 17-4, 21-6, and 30-13. Since then, the Riders have struggled in the win column. In fact, at 24-45, the Riders are guaranteed to finish with the worst single-half record in team history. The previous low mark was 29-41 (both halves of 2005 and the first half of last year).

POWER OUTAGE OVER:

Frisco snapped out of its extended home-run drought in the second game of yesterday’s doubleheader. In the bottom of the first inning, DARIN MASTROIANNI connected on the second pitch and drove it out of the park. It was the first home run for the Riders since JOE JACKSON’s solo homer in San Antonio on August 24. Frisco went a season-long 10 consecutive games without a long ball. The previous longest drought was seven games, set June 24-July 3.

ADIOS, AUGUST:

The RoughRiders are off to a 2-1 start in September after a rough month of August. The Riders went 7-20 (.259) last month, posting the lowest winning percentage in a month (excluding September) in team history. The previous low winning percentage was .318, set in April 2004 (7-14- 1) and April 2005 (7-15). During August, Frisco hit .231 and had a staff ERA of 4.64.

SO LONG TO THE STREAK:

The RoughRiders closed out an eight-game losing streak with a win Thursday and followed with another one Friday. The losing skid was tied for the longest of the season (May 24-June 1) and the third-longest in franchise history. During the eight games, the Riders averaged 2.1 runs per game while allowing 4.6.

OPPOSING STARTER:

Lefty Brandon Mann makes his second appearance of the season against the RoughRiders today…The 32-year-old is in his 10th season as a professional and first as an Oakland farmhand…He was originally drafted by Tampa Bay in the 27th round of the 2002 draft out of Mount Rainier High School (Des Moines, WA)…Mann has also pitched in the Dodgers and Pirates organizations, as well as the Japan Central League in 2011 and 2012…Mann reached Triple-A for the first time in his career on July 18, pitching in one game with Nashville on July 18 before returning to Midland…The southpaw did not join the RockHounds until July 4, while he served an 80-game PED suspension handed out in February…REPERTOIRE: Fastball, curveball, slider

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Midland (9/4)

GAMES #137-138 (2nd HALF GAMES #68-69)

Frisco RoughRiders (62-74 overall, 24-43 2nd half) vs. Midland RockHounds (76-61, 43-24 2nd half)
Sunday, September 4 – Doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Barnett and Goldberg)
Live stats: Game 1 / Game 2
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This series: Games 2-3 of 4 (RockHounds lead 1-0)
This season: Games 26-27 of 28 (RockHounds lead 14-11)

FRISCO LINEUP – GAME 1

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

RHP Ariel Jurado (1-3, 2.84 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Saturday vs. Midland (L, 10-3)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: LHP Ryne Slack / IF Isiah Kiner-Falefa

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:

The RoughRiders had their two-game winning streak snapped in a 10-3 loss to Midland last night… After falling behind early, Frisco scored a run in the third on an RBI single by LUIS MARTE and another in the fourth on an ALEXEIS BELL sacrifice fly… However, the RockHounds tallied five runs in the fifth inning to pull away…Midland’s Richie Martin tallied a career-high-tying five RBI in his second games at the Double-A level…Ben Bracewell tied a career- high by logging six innings of work…JOE JACKSON extended his hit streak to a season-long 10 games, going 1-for-4.

RIDING TO POST-SEASON STARDOM:

Wednesday, the Texas League announced that outfielder RYAN CORDELL and first baseman RONALD GUZMAN were selected to the Texas League Post-Season All-Star team. Cordell is hitting .264 in 107 games this season with 19 homers and 70 RBI. He was the Texas League and Rangers Minor League Player of the Month for April. Cordell has been on the DL since August 3. Guzman was a .288 hitter with 15 homers and 56 RBI in 102 games with the Riders. He participated in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in July and was promoted to Triple-A Round Rock on August 3. Additionally, Riders hitting coach JASON HART was named this year’s recipient of the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Coach of the Year Award.

JACKSON JAMMIN’

Despite a shaky end to the month of August, JOE JACKSON has been a bright spot for the Riders lately. Jackson is currently on a season-long 10-game hit streak, and he has reached base in each of his last 16 games. During the hit streak, Jackson is batting .359 (14-for-39) with a home run and six RBI.

SO LONG TO THE STREAK:

The RoughRiders closed out an eight-game losing streak with a win Thursday and followed with another one Friday. The losing skid was tied for the longest of the season (May 24-June 1) and the third-longest in franchise history. During the eight games, the Riders averaged 2.1 runs per game while allowing 4.6.

ADIOS, AUGUST:

The RoughRiders are off to a 2-1 start in September after a rough month of August. The Riders went 7-20 (.259) last month, posting the lowest winning percentage in a month (excluding September) in team history. The previous low winning percentage was .318, set in April 2004 (7-14-1) and April 2005 (7-15). During August, Frisco hit .231 and had a staff ERA of 4.64.

MANHANDLED BY MIDLAND:

After a competitive first half of the season-series between Frisco and Midland, the RockHounds have dominated in the second half. Not only do the Hounds have a much better overall record than the RoughRiders now, but they have won nine of the 11 second-half meetings. The Riders’ two second-half wins over Midland have come on June 21 and August 3.The RoughRiders have scored one run or fewer in seven of the 11 games.

THE PEN IS MIGHTIER:

The Riders bullpen has been very reliable the last few weeks, including only allowing one earned run in the last two games (9.0 IP). In the last 12 contests, the bullpen has covered a lot of innings and has performed admirably with a 1.91 ERA (10 ER / 47.0 IP). The relievers have struck out 50 and walked 22, with six of the walks coming Wednesday. For the year, the bullpen has a 3.92 ERA with 506 strikeouts and 246 walks in 509.2 IP.

CHASING THE WRONG HISTORY:

The 2016 RoughRiders got off to one of the best starts in team history. The club had the best record through all but one of the first 45 games of the season, beginning the year an impressive 5-0, 9-1, 17-4, 21-6, and 30-13. Since then, the Riders have struggled in the win column. In fact, at 24-42, the Riders are guaranteed to finish with the worst single-half record in team history. The previous low mark was 29-41 (both halves of 2005 and the first half of last year).

ANOTHER POWER OUTAGE:

For the second time this season, the Riders are in a extended home run drought. Frisco has gone a season-long nine consecutive games without a long ball since JOE JACKSON’s solo homer in San Antonio last Wednesday. The previous longest drought was seven games, set June 24- July 3. Additionally, Nick Tanielu’s home run against the Riders in the third inning Friday was the first home run hit in a RoughRiders game since Beau Taylor hit one for Midland last Saturday.

OPPOSING STARTERS:

Right-handed pitcher James Naile makes the start for Midland in the first game of today’s doubleheader…Naile faced the RoughRiders on June 21 and turned in a quality start, allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings pitched…The Cape Girardeau, Missouri native has spent time at all four full-season affiliates in the Athletics farm system this season… Naile was selected in the 20th round of last year’s MLB Draft out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Andres Avila is scheduled to make his first start of the season for the RockHounds in the second game today…Avila’s most recent start came last year on April 15 for Class A-Advanced Stockton…The righty has faced Frisco four times this season and has only allowed one run on six hits in 7 2/3 innings pitched…Avila was signed by the Athletics as a non-drafted free agent on April 5, 2010.

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Midland (9/3)

GAME #136 (2nd HALF GAME #67)

Frisco RoughRiders (62-73 overall, 24-42 2nd half) vs. Midland RockHounds (75-61, 42-24 2nd half)
Saturday, September 3 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Barnett and Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 1 of 4
This season: Game 25 of 28 (RockHounds lead 13-11)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Reed Garrett (3-7, 5.14 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Friday vs. Corpus Christi

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Bob Hards – Voice of the Midland RockHounds

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:

The RoughRiders stormed back with five late runs to defeat Corpus Christi in the series finale Friday night…Trailing 5-2 entering the sixth, the Riders scored twice in the inning and put up two more in the seventh to take a 6-5 lead…ALEXEIS BELL gave the Riders the lead with a two-out, two-run single to right-center field…Frisco capitalized on a trio of Hooks errors between the sixth and seventh innings to plate a total of four runs, one earned.

RIDING TO POST-SEASON STARDOM:

Wednesday, the Texas League announced that outfielder RYAN CORDELL and first baseman RONALD GUZMAN were selected to the Texas League Post-Season All-Star team. Cordell is hitting .264 in 107 games this season with 19 homers and 70 RBI. He was the Texas League and Rangers Minor League Player of the Month for April. Cordell has been on the DL since August 3. Guzman was a .288 hitter with 15 homers and 56 RBI in 102 games with the Riders. He participated in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in July and was promoted to Triple-A Round Rock on August 3. Additionally, Riders hitting coach JASON HART was named this year’s recipient of the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Coach of the Year Award.

SO LONG TO THE STREAK:

The RoughRiders closed out an eight-game losing streak with a win Thursday and followed with another one yesterday. The losing skid was tied for the longest of the season (May 24-June 1) and the third-longest in franchise history. During the eight games, the Riders averaged 2.1 runs per game while allowing 4.6.

ADIOS, AUGUST:

The RoughRiders are off to a 2-0 start in September after a rough month of August. The Riders went 7-20 (.259) last month, posting the lowest winning percentage in a month (excluding September) in team history. The previous low winning percentage was .318, set in April 2004 (7-14-1) and April 2005 (7-15). During August, Frisco hit .231 and had a staff ERA of 4.64.

MANHANDLED BY MIDLAND:

After a competitive first half of the season-series between Frisco and Midland, the RockHounds have dominated in the second half. Not only do the Hounds have a much better overall record than the RoughRiders now, but they have won eight of the 10 second-half meetings. The Riders two second- half wins over Midland have come on June 21 and August 3.The RoughRiders have scored one run or fewer in seven of the 10 games.

HOME IS WHERE THE BATS ARE:

In the month of August, Frisco’s scoring numbers were starkly different between home and road games. In 11 home games, the Riders averaged 4.6 runs per game, batting .272 as a team, and hitting .294 with runners in scoring position. By contrast, the team averaged 2.3 runs per game, hitting .203 as a team, and .191 with RISP in 16 games away from Dr Pepper Ballpark.

THE PEN IS MIGHTIER:

The Riders bullpen has been very reliable the last few weeks, including only allowing one unearned run over 4 2/3 innings last night. In the last 11 contests, the bullpen has covered a lot of innings and has performed admirably with a 1.90 ERA (9 ER / 42.2 IP). The relievers have struck out 48 and walked 21, with six of the walks coming Wednesday. For the year, the bullpen has a 3.94 ERA with 504 strikeouts and 245 walks in 505.1 IP.

Saddle Up: Riders at Midland (8/29)

GAME #132 (2nd HALF GAME #63)

Frisco RoughRiders (60-71 overall, 22-40 2nd half) at Midland RockHounds (73-59 overall, 40-22 2nd half)
Monday, August 29 – 6:30 p.m.
Security Bank Ballpark – Midland, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (MID feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 3 of 3 (RockHounds lead 2-0)
This season: Game 25 of 28 (RockHounds lead 13-11)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Colby Lewis (0-0, 3.38 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Sunday at Midland (L, 5-0)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Riders bus driver Elroy Jones

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:

Managing just four baserunners and none in scoring position, the Riders were blanked 5-0 on Sunday afternoon by the Midland RockHounds… Frisco mustered singles in the first, third, and eighth and drew a walk in the fourth…Heath Fillmyer shut down the Riders across five innings, and three Midland relievers combined for the final four frames…The RockHounds scored an unearned run off of REED GARRETT in the third inning and plated four runs, three earned, in the fifth..Brett Vertigan led the way, going 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double, and three RBI.

 

THE PEN IS MIGHTIER:

Although the road trip has been a tough one (0-6 record), the Riders bullpen has had a nice trip. In the six contests, the bullpen has had to cover a lot of innings and has performed admirably with a 2.05 ERA (5 ER / 22 IP). The relievers have struck out 22 and walked 10. For the year, the bullpen has a 4.00 ERA with 480 strikeouts and 236 walks in 484.2 IP.

TIME TO END THE STREAK:

With six straight losses, the RoughRiders are in the midst of their second-longest losing skid of the season. Frisco’s lost five-or-more games consecutively four times now this year, with the longest losing streak of eight games coming May 24-June 1 against Springfield and Tulsa. Making the current slide even tougher to swallow is that Frisco has led in three of the five games, lost two games by two runs, and two in extra innings. Of the RoughRiders’ 39 second-half losses, the club has led in 18 of them, and 18 have been decided by two runs or fewer.

ONE LAST CHANCE:

In addition to losing six straight, Frisco’s lost 10 straight road games, the second-longest road losing streak in club history. The Riders dropped 11 straight road games from April 25 – May 25, 2005. Today marks the final road game of the season.

CHASING THE WRONG HISTORY:

The 2016 RoughRiders got off to one of the best starts in team history. The club had the best record through all but one of the first 45 games of the season, beginning the year an impressive 5-0, 9-1, 17-4, 21-6, and 30-13. Since then, however, the Riders have struggled in the win column. In fact, at 22-40, Frisco is on-pace for the worst half in team history. The Riders have thrice gone 29-41, the worst mark to this point in team history: both halves of 2005 and the first half of last year. With a current winning percentage of .355, Frisco is on pace to finish 25-45 in the second half.

DUCKS ON THE POND:

After hitting .322 (19-for-59) with runners in scoring position on the homestand, the Riders have struggled in those spots during this road trip. Frisco is just 5-for-32 (.156) with runners in scoring position in the series.

MAPLE LEAF MASHER:

Over the last 23 games, the Riders have hit just 11 home runs as a team. Five of those have come off the bat of KELLIN DEGLAN, including a grand slam. On August 3 against Midland, he had his first two-homer game since June 24, 2014 with Class-A Hickory. Deglan has hit nine long balls this year, which leads all players on the active roster. Those homers have come in surges, though. The Canadian catcher went homerless in the months of April and June but hit two jacks in May, two more in a six-game span in July, and this stretch of five in 12 games played in which he has hit .237 (9-for-38) with a double, five HR, and 14 RBI.

NOTHING BUT GOOSE EGGS:

Last night’s shutout loss to Midland was the 17th time that Frisco has been shut out this season (most in the Texas League) and already the fifth time this month. The 17 shutout defeats is the most in Double-A and tied is now the most in team history (2009, 15). Brevard County and Palm Beach in the Florida State League are tied for the most shutout losses in the minors with 21; Frisco is tied for the fourth- most, also behind Durham (18), and the club is tied with Beloit (17).

OPPOSING STARTER:

Right-handed pitcher Ben Bracewell makes his seventh appearance and third start of the season against the RoughRiders tonight. The 25-year-old is 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA in his first six outings against Frisco this season…The Mississippi State product joined the RockHounds from Class A-Advanced Stockton on April 27, despite going 1-1 with a 12.60 ERA in five outings with the Ports. Bracewell went undrafted out of MSU and began his career with the River City Rascals of the independent Frontier League before signing with the A’s in July 2014. REPERTOIRE: Fastball, slider, changeup, curveball.

Saddle Up: Riders at Midland (8/28)

GAME #131 (2nd HALF GAME #62)

Frisco RoughRiders (60-70 overall, 22-39 2nd half) at Midland RockHounds (72-59 overall, 39-22 2nd half)
Sunday, August 28 – 2:00 p.m.
Security Bank Ballpark – Midland, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (MID feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 2 of 3 (RockHounds leads 1-0)
This season: Game 24 of 28 (RockHounds leads 12-11)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Reed Garrett (3-6, 5.12 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Saturday at Midland (L, 5-3)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Manager Joe Mikulik

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
Allowing the final five runs of the game, the RoughRiders lost 5-3 to the Midland RockHounds Saturday night…Frisco plated three unearned runs against Joel Seddon in the second, but that lead only lasted through the fourth…JACK SNODGRASS tossed four hitless innings but surrendered four runs on five hits, including a three-run homer by Beau Taylor, in the fifth…Taylor added another run for Midland with an RBI single in the seventh…Frisco managed just two baserunners over the final seven innings.

THE PEN IS MIGHTIER:
Although the road trip has been a tough one (0-5 record), the Riders bullpen has had a nice trip so far. In the five contests, the bullpen has had to cover a lot of innings and has performed admirably with a 2.37 ERA (5 ER / 19 IP). The relievers have struck out 17 and walked nine.  For the year, the bullpen has a 4.03 ERA with 475 strikeouts and 235 walks in 484.2 IP.

TIME TO END THE STREAK:
With five straight losses, the RoughRiders have matched their second-longest losing skid of the season. Frisco’s lost five-or-more games consecutively four times now this year, with the longest losing streak of eight games coming May 24-June 1 against Springfield and Tulsa. Making the current slide even tougher to swallow is that Frisco has led in three of the five games, lost two games by two runs, and two in extra innings. Of the RoughRiders’ 39 second-half losses, the club has led in 18 of them, and 18 have been decided by two runs or fewer.

CHASING THE WRONG HISTORY:
The 2016 RoughRiders got off to one of the best starts in team history. The club had the best record through all but one of the first 45 games of the season, beginning the year an impressive 5-0, 9-1, 17-4, 21-6, and 30-13. Since then, however, the Riders have struggled in the win column. In fact, at 22-39, Frisco is on-pace for the worst half in team history. The Riders have thrice gone 29-41, the worst mark to this point in team history: both halves of 2005 and the first half of last year. With a current winning percentage of .360, Frisco is on pace to finish 25-45 in the second half.

DUCKS ON THE POND:
After hitting .322 (19-for-59) with runners in scoring position on the homestand, the Riders have struggled in those spots during this road trip. Frisco is just 5-for-32 (.156) with runners in scoring position in the series, going 2-for-7 last night.

MAPLE LEAF MASHER:
Over the last 22 games, the Riders have hit just 11 home runs as a team. Five of those have come off the bat of KELLIN DEGLAN, including a grand slam. On August 3 against Midland, he had his first two-homer game since June 24, 2014 with Class-A Hickory. Deglan has hit nine long balls this year, which leads all players on the active roster. Those homers have come in surges, though. The Canadian catcher went homerless in the months of April and June but hit two jacks in May, two more in a six-game span in July, and this stretch of five in 12 games played in which he has hit .237 (9-for-38) with a double, five HR, and 14 RBI.

LEWIS BEGINS COMEBACK WITH FRISCO:
Rangers right-handed pitcher COLBY LEWIS began a Major League rehabilitation assignment the RoughRiders Wednesday, throwing 44 pitches in 2 2/3 innings of work. The righty allowed a run on four hits and one walk. Lewis is recovering from a strained right lat muscle.  Lewis is expected to make another rehab start Monday for the Riders before rejoining the big league club. Prior to the injury, he was one of the go-to arms in the Rangers rotation, posting a 6-1 record alongside a 3.21 ERA in 15 starts with Texas. He became the ninth rehabber to suit up with Frisco this season, joining pitchers YU DARVISHA.J. GRIFFINKEONE KELA, and TANNER SCHEPPERS; catchers CHRIS GIMENEZ and ROBINSON CHIRINOS; plus outfielders JOSH HAMILTON and SHIN-SOO CHOO.

NOTHING BUT GOOSE EGGS:
Tuesday’s shutout loss to San Antonio was the 16th time that Frisco has been shut out this season (most in the Texas League) and already the fifth time this month. The 16 shutout defeats is the most in Double-A and tied is now the most in team history (2009, 15). Brevard County (Brewers Class A-Advanced affiliate, Florida State League), has the most shutout losses in the minors with 21; Frisco is tied for the fourth-most, also behind Palm Beach (20), and Durham (18), and the club is tied with Beloit (16), Fort Wayne (16), and Kane County (16).

OPPOSING STARTER:
Right-hander Heath Fillmyer makes his eighth Double-A start today…He arrived from High-A Stockton, where he’d spent all year, on July 21 to throw five innings of two-run ball on four hits at San Antonio, taking no-decision…Drafted in the 5th round out of Mercer County Community College (West Windsor, NJ) in 2014, he signed for a reported $305,000…Fillmyer is in his third pro season after spending his rookie year in the Arizona League, named most-improved pitcher at the A’s instructional league that fall, and all of last season with Low-A Beloit…Fillmyer entered the 2016 season ranked by MLB.com as the A’s No. 19 prospect (now No. 18) and was ranked the 25 player on the farm by Baseball America prior to the season (up from No. 28 prior to 2015)…Fillmyer was previous selected by the Colorado Rockies after his freshman season the 28th round of the 2013 draft but did not sign… As a freshman, the 6-foot-1, 193-pound Fillmyer, a shortstop, filled in at closer and pitched 7 2/3 innings out of the bullpen…He returned for his sophomore year and moved full-time to the mound where he went 9-0, 0.68 in 2014 ….REPERTOIRE: a 92 to 96 mph FASTBALL with sinking action and downhill angle. He also spins a CURVEBALL with tight break, and a CHANGEUP with splitter-like action, which is known as his best pitch.

A night to remember in the Texas League

Crazy Night in TL

While the Riders-Drillers game last night wasn’t full of that much drama, it was quite the night elsewhere around the Texas League last night. All I can say is that it was a bonkers night in the circuit.

CORPUS CHRISTI vs. ARKANSAS

Typically, when you are one out away from a perfect game, you expect to win. Unfortunately for the Arkansas Travelers, that wasn’t the case last night. After six perfect innings from starter Alex Blackford and 1-2-3 frames from Edward Paredes and Victor Alcantara, Eduardo Paredes got the first two men he faced and went to a full count with Ramon Laureano.

He walked Laureano, so the perfect game was gone, but the no-hitter was still intact. That is, until Bobby Boyd singled in the next at-bat to end the no-no, but the 1-0 lead was still there. That is, until Nick Tanielu singled in the tying run and Paredes threw a walk-off wild pitch to give Corpus Christi the win, despite getting outhit 8-2 and coming a strike away from having a perfect game thrown against them.

MIDLAND at SPRINGFIELD

This wasn’t a perfect game bid, but Springfield’s Johnny Walter had a no-hitter through eight against the RockHounds. As he went back out for the ninth, he had a chance to finish a ninth inning of no-hit ball, but the game wouldn’t be over then because Springfield also hadn’t scored yet.

Walter’s no-hitter was broken up by leadoff man Danny Oh in the ninth, but that was only the beginning of the damage. Midland went on to score three runs in the top of the ninth and moved past a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to win 3-1. Walter, despite taking a no-hitter into the ninth, took the loss.

SAN ANTONIO vs. NORTHWEST ARKANSAS

San Antonio came one hit away from a no-hitter last night, although the drama was gone much earlier. The Missions allowed their only hit in the third inning. However, they too couldn’t get anything across until the bottom of the ninth when Franchy Cordero led off with a walk-off home run, just the fourth hit of the game for San Antonio. For those counting at home, that’s 10 walk-off wins for San Antonio (out of 47 total wins).

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To recap:

  • Both teams that took a no-hitter into the ninth inning last night ended up losing.
  • The winning teams in these three games last night had hit totals of four (SA), three (MID), and two (CC).
  • There were 23 total hits between the six teams. By comparison, Tulsa (13) and Frisco (9) combined for 22.
  • Seven of the eight runs scored in those three games came in the ninth inning.

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Mask work – The catcher’s duties

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Midland (8/2)

GAME #108 (2nd HALF GAME #39)

Frisco RoughRiders (53-54 overall, 15-23 2nd half) vs. Midland RockHounds (59-49 overall, 26-12 2nd half)
Tuesday, August 2 – 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 (Nathan Barnett and Ryan Rouillard)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 2 of 4 (RockHounds lead 1-0)
This season: Game 21 of 28 (Series tied 10-10)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Luis Marte – SS
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ryan Cordell – CF
  4. Joe Jackson – LF
  5. Alexeis Bell – RF
  6. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – C
  7. Luis Mendez – 1B
  8. Alberto Triunfel – 3B
  9. Shaq Matta – DH

RHP David Perez (1-4, 5.71 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Monday vs. Midland (L, 3-0)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: OF Alexeis Bell

Archived interview posted here soon. Listen live on the Dr Pepper Pregame Show around 6:45 p.m.

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:

The RoughRiders were shut out by the Midland RockHounds 3-0 Monday…Ben Bracewell and Corey Walter each tossed four scoreless innings, and Jake Sanchez earned the save…Frisco managed nine hits in the game, including three fromLUIS MARTE…The Riders, however, stranded eight runners and went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position…FRANK LOPEZ turned in his sixth quality start of the season, allowing three runs, two earned, in 6 1/3 innings.

SOMETHING’S BREWING:

Monday, the Rangers traded outfielder LEWIS BRINSON and right-handed pitcher LUIS ORTIZ to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for catcher Jonathan Lucroy and right-handed pitcher Jeremy Jeffress. Brinson hit .237 with 11 home runs and 40 RBI in 77 games with Frisco this season, missing 21 games in June and part of July while on the disabled list. Ortiz joined the squad on May 20 and went 1-4 with a 4.08 ERA in nine outings (eight starts). He struck out 34 while walking just seven in his time with the Riders. Brinson (29th overall pick, 2012) and Ortiz (30th overall, 2014) were both first-round draft picks. Prior to the trade, MLBPipeline.com ranked Brinson as the No. 2 prospect in the Rangers farm system and Ortiz was slotted third. Brinson entered Milwaukee’s rankings at No. 2 and Ortiz at No. 5 when the rankings were updated yesterday. Brinson has been assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs, while Ortiz is bound for Double-A Biloxi.

MARVELOUS MARTE:

Riders shortstop LUIS MARTE continues to swing at a torrid rate the last few weeks. Last night, he notched his fourth three-hit game of the season. He now has hits in 12 of his last 14 games, and eight of those are mutli-hit affairs. Marte’s .446 average since July 19 leads the Texas League and all of Double-A, in addition to ranking sixth in all of Minor League Baseball.

A ROUGH RIDE AGAINST THE ROCKHOUNDS:

The RoughRiders have had a hard time figuring out Midland pitching this season, managing just 3.4 runs per game against the RockHounds this year. Frisco is averaging 4.3 runs per game against the other six Texas League teams. In the last 12 games against Midland, the run production has dropped to 2.3 per game, including four one-run games and two shutouts. In that span, the Riders are hitting just .183 (13-for-71) with runners in scoring position. The Riders have lost five straight to Midland.

DEALING OUT DINGERS:

RoughRiders pitching has been highly prone to home runs the last few weeks. Frisco has allowed home runs in 10 of the last 13 games, with two of the homerless games coming with ground-ball specialist ARIEL JURADO starting on the mound. The Riders have given up 15 long balls in the 13-game stretch, including five in the last series against San Antonio.  Frisco surrendered 36 home runs, most in the Texas League and fourth-most in Minor League Baseball during the month of July. On the season, the Riders have allowed 98 homers, second only to Springfield (99) for most home runs allowed in the Texas League this season.

SPEAKING OF HOME RUNS…:

The Riders were a home run machine at the plate for the early part of July, hitting 26 homers from July 4 through July 24. However, the RoughRiders hit just one home run in the final week of the month, with the lone long ball coming off the bat ofRYAN CORDELL on Saturday. Frisco finished July with 27 homers, second-most in the Texas League behind Tulsa (28).

RIDERS CROWD MLBPIPELINE  TOP 10:

The most recent MLBPipeline.com rankings include eight RoughRiders ranked in the Top 30 from the Rangers farm system, and five are in the Top 10. YOHANDER MENDEZ jumped to No. 2 in the farm system only behind current big leaguer Joey Gallo after today’s trades. ANDY IBANEZ (3), RONALD GUZMAN (5), and RYAN CORDELL (6) are in  the Top 10 for the first time this season. MLBPipeline also released its mid-season top 100 prospect list, and two current Rangers prospects made the cut. Gallo topped the list at No. 14, and Mendez came in at No. 67. LEWIS BRINSON (21) and LUIS ORTIZ (63), traded to Milwaukee on Monday, were also ranked in the top 100.

SLIPPING DOWN IN THE STANDINGS:

The RoughRiders entered a three-game series in Midland last week trailing the RockHounds by six games in the second-half standings. However, after going 0-4 against the RockHounds in the las week and splitting a four-game set against San Antonio over the weekend, the Riders find themselves 11 games behind Midland, their largest standings deficit in either half this season. There are 32 games remaining in the second half, and nine of them come against the RockHounds.

OPPOSING STARTER:

Right-hander Daniel Gossett is quickly climbing the ladder in the Athletics’ farm system. The second round draft pick in 2014 out of Clemson jumped from No. 24 to No. 20 in MLBPipeline.com’s mid-season re-rankings thanks to his strong start to the season. He has gone seven or more innings in four of his 11 starts with the RockHounds, including a career-high 7 1/3 innings July 1 at Northwest Arkansas. In his first start against the Riders, Gossett worked four scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out five. Gossett spent a full season with Class-A Beloit last year in the Midwest League before a stint with Class A-Advanced Stockton to begin this season. The Lyman, South Carolina native, went 4-1 with a 3.33 ERA in nine starts with the Ports, earning California League Pitcher of the Week honors for the week of May 16-22. REPERTOIRE: Fastball (91-96), two-seam fastball, curveball (82-83), changeup (82-85), slider.

 

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Midland (8/1)

GAME #107 (2nd HALF GAME #38)

Frisco RoughRiders (53-53 overall, 15-22 2nd half) vs. Midland RockHounds (58-49 overall, 25-12 2nd half)
Monday, August 1 – 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 (Nathan Barnett and Ryan Rouillard)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 1 of 4
This season: Game 20 of 28 (Riders lead 10-9)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – DH
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  4. Ryan Cordell – CF
  5. Joe Jackson – LF
  6. Alexeis Bell – RF
  7. Luis Marte – SS
  8. Kellin Deglan – C
  9. Luis Mendez – 3B

LHP Frank Lopez (5-5, 5.06 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Sunday vs. San Antonio (L, 11-7 – 10 innings)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

 

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders salvaged a series split in the finale against San Antonio with a 4-2 win over the Missions…In his Dr Pepper Ballpark debut, ARIEL JURADO turned in his second straight quality start, going six innings and allowing a run on three hits, while striking out six…Jurado retired 15 of the first 16 hitters he faced, including 14 straight at one point…JOE JACKSON drove in two runs in the first…LEWIS BRINSON added an RBI single in the seventh, and the Riders added another insurance run on a balk.

SOMETHING’S BREWING:
Earlier today, the Rangers traded outfielder LEWIS BRINSON and right-handed pitcher LUIS ORTIZ to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for catcher Jonathan Lucroy and right-handed pitcher Jeremy Jeffress. Brinson hit .237 with 11 home runs and 40 RBI in 77 games with Frisco this season, missing 21 games in June and part of July while on the disabled list. Ortiz joined the squad on May 20 and went 1-4 with a 4.08 ERA in nine outings (eight starts). He struck out 34 while walking just seven in his time with the Riders. Brinson (29th overall pick, 2012) and Ortiz (30th overall, 2014) were both first-round draft picks. Prior to today’s trade, MLBPipeline.com ranked Brinson as the No. 2 prospect in the Rangers farm system and Ortiz was slotted third.

ONE-RUN FUN VS. MIDLAND:
The RoughRiders and RockHounds have been no strangers to one-run games this season. Nine of the 19 games between the two squads have been decided by a single tally this year, including six straight meetings (June 14, June 19-22, July 25). Frisco (39 one-run games) and Midland (38) trail only Corpus Christi (40) for most one-run contests in the Texas League this season.

DEALING OUT DINGERS:
RoughRiders pitching has been highly prone to home runs the last few weeks. Frisco has allowed home runs in 10 of the last 12 games, with the only two homerless games coming with ground-ball specialist ARIEL JURADO starting on the mound. The Riders have given up 15 long balls in the 12-game stretch, including five in the last series against San Antonio.  Frisco surrendered 36 home runs, most in the Texas League and fourth-most in Minor League Baseball during the month of July. On the season, the Riders have allowed 98 homers, second only to Springfield (99) for most home runs allowed in the Texas League this season.

SPEAKING OF HOME RUNS…:
The Riders were a home run machine at the plate for the early part of July, hitting 26 homers from July 4 through July 24. However, the RoughRiders hit just one home run in the final week of the month, with the lone long ball coming off the bat ofRYAN CORDELL on Saturday. Frisco finished July with 27 homers, second-most in the Texas League behind Tulsa (28).

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS:
Cuban star ALEXEIS BELL joined the Riders   Thursday and has gone 4-for-17 with two RBI in his first four games. Texas signed Bell to a minor league contract on July 15, and he began his stateside career with the Arizona League Rangers. In four AZL games, Bell went 4-for-16 with a walk and two strikeouts. Bell played his first 14 professional seasons in the Cuban National Series, where he was a career .319 hitter with 138 home runs and 632 RBI in 659 games. Bell spent last season with Quebec in the Canadian-American Association and played nine games with Quintana Roo of the Mexican League this May. He represented Cuba in the 2008 Olympics and the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

RIDERS CROWD MLBPIPELINE  TOP 10:
The most recent MLBPipeline.com rankings include eight RoughRiders ranked in the Top 30 from the Rangers farm system, and five are in the Top 10. YOHANDER MENDEZ jumped to No. 2 in the farm system only behind current big leaguer Joey Gallo after today’s trades. ANDY IBANEZ (3), RONALD GUZMAN (5), and RYAN CORDELL (6) are in  the Top 10 for the first time this season. MLBPipeline also released its mid-season top 100 prospect list, and two current Rangers prospects made the cut. Gallo topped the list at No. 15, and Mendez came in at No. 69. LEWIS BRINSON (22) and LUIS ORTIZ (65) were also ranked in the top 100.

SLIPPING DOWN IN THE STANDINGS:
The RoughRiders entered a three-game series in Midland last week trailing the RockHounds by six games in the second-half standings. However, after getting swept by the RockHounds and splitting a four-game set against San Antonio, the Riders find themselves 10 games behind Midland entering this three-game series. There are 33 games remaining in the second half, and 10 of them will come against the RockHounds.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Right-handed pitcher Ben Bracewell makes his sixth appearance and second start of the season against the RoughRiders tonight. The 25-year-old is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in his first five outings against Frisco this season, including 2 2/3 strong innings of relief Wednesday at Security Bank Ballpark. Bracewell allowed five hits, but just one run and picked up the victory in the series finale. His other start against the Riders came June 22 in Midland, when he allowed three hits and a run over five innings. The Mississippi State product joined the RockHounds from Class A-Advanced Stockton on April 27, despite going 1-1 with a 12.60 ERA in five outings with the Ports. Bracewell went undrafted out of MSU and began his career with the River City Rascals of the independent Frontier League before signing with the A’s in July 2014. REPERTOIRE: Fastball, slider, changeup, curveball.

Saddle Up: Riders at Midland (7/27)

GAME #102 (2nd HALF GAME #33)

Frisco RoughRiders (51-50 overall, 13-19 2nd half) at Midland RockHounds (54-48 overall, 21-11 2nd half)
Wednesday, July 27 – 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)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 3 of 3 (RockHounds lead 2-0)
This season: Game 19 of 28 (Riders lead 10-8)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Connor Sadzeck (9-3, 3.27 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Tuesday at Midland (L, 4-0 – 5 innings)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Hitting coach Jason Hart

Archived interview coming soon. Listen live on the Dr Pepper Pregame Show around 6:10 p.m.

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
Rain-shortened after just five innings, the RoughRiders were blanked 4-0 by the Midland RockHounds on Tuesday night…Frisco mustered just one hit off of Heath Fillmyer…After throwing three scoreless innings, FRANK LOPEZ allowed a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth innings…Beau Taylor’s two-run home run capped the scoring…After the final out of the fifth inning was recorded, the game went into a rain delay, and after a 30 minute delay, the game was called…ISIAH KINER-FALEFA was 0-for-2 and lost his 24-game on-base streak.

HATEFUL EIGHT:
With the loss last night, the RoughRiders are now eight games behind the Midland RockHounds for first place in the South Division second half standings. The deficit is tied for the largest the team has faced this half, having been behind Midland by eight games after losing July 13 at Corpus Christi. Frisco has 38 games left in the half, with 10 coming against Midland.

ONE-HIT?!?! ONE DARN HIT!?!
Granted it came in a five-inning game, but the RoughRiders mustered just one hit in last night’s contest. It was the fourth time this year Frisco has been limited to a single base hit, and the club’s been shut out in all four of those games. All four games, however, have been shorter than nine-inning affairs, with the other three games coming in seven-inning doubleheader games (4/18 vs. ARK, 5/13 at CC, and 6/1 at TUL). The Riders have been blanked 11 times this year, tied for the most in the Texas League with Northwest Arkansas.

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY: 
Last night’s rain-shortened game was a rarity in RoughRiders history. Although the club has had 11 rain-affected games (four delays, six postponements, and one cancellation), last night was the first time that the club has had a rain-shortened game this season. In fact, it was the first rain-shortened game for Frisco since April 19, 2011 in a 1-0 loss at Arkansas in six innings.

CARDIAC KIDS:
Last night snapped a trend of one-run games, as the Riders lost by four. Prior to that, Frisco played five straight one-run games, often in come-from-behind games. Six of the last seven meetings with Midland has been by one run as well. The Riders have played in more one-run games (37) than six of the seven other teams in the Texas League (Corpus Christi is first with 38). The club has had success in those games as well, going 21-16, the third-best winning percentage in the league (Springfield is first, 15-8, .652 win percentage). Additionally, 48 of the 101 games played have seen the winner come back from a deficit at some point. Frisco is 28-20 in these games, and five of the last six games has the team that wins overcome a lead by the opponent.

MAGICAL MARTE:
Despite going 0-for-2 last night, LUIS MARTE continues to tear it up at the plate for the Riders. He went 10-for-19 last series and is 15-for-his-last-29 over the last week. Last night ended a seven-game hitting and six-game multi-hit streak with three homers, a double, and 10 RBI. During the hitting streak, Marte has raised his average 83 points from .191 to .274. Marte has more hits (15) than all but one player (Scott Schebler, Louisville) in all of Minor League Baseball over the past seven days.

SOMEBODY PAID THE POWER BILL:
The RoughRiders recently went through a shortage of power hitting, but appear to be on the way back up. The Riders hit 24 home runs in the past four series and hit 11 against Northwest Arkansas. Frisco has 25 homers in the last 18 games with homers in 12 of those 18, going just 1-4 when they don’t hit a home run during this stretch. After hitting just one in the previous 11, Frisco currently leads the Texas League with 26 July homers, two more than second place Corpus Christi (24). Since July 9, Frisco has 24 home runs, tied for the fourth-most in MiLB.

KINER KEEPS ON KEEPING ON…:
Though he struggled in his first few games back from the disabled list, Riders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA is back in the groove of where he was before landing on the DL in late May. Prior to going 0-for-2 last night, he had reached base in 24 straight games, a season-long and the longest active streak in the league. He had hits in 19 of those games and reached safely in 40 of his 101 plate appearances, a .396 OBP in that span (25 hits, 11 walks, four HBP). Kiner-Falefa has an on-base percentage of .362 this season, which ranks is first on the team.

OPPOSING STARTER:
The RoughRiders face Corey Walter for the third time this year today, last facing him June 20 (5.0 IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 1SO). Walter moved into the rotation when Daniel Mengden was promoted to Triple-A…Drafted in the 28th Round of the 2014 Draft out of West Virginia University, Walter starred in baseball at Wheeling (WV) Park High, where he was all-state first team as a senior in 2010, going 11-4 with nine complete games and an ERA of just 1.76…Following his first season, Walter was named “Most Improved Pitcher” during Instructional League…The righty throws a two-seam sinker, a slider, and a developing changeup, getting an inordinate amount of groundballs (2.69 GO/AO).

Saddle Up: Riders at Midland (7/26)

GAME #101 (2nd HALF GAME #32)

Frisco RoughRiders (51-49 overall, 13-18 2nd half) at Midland RockHounds (53-48 overall, 20-11 2nd half)
Tuesday, July 26 – 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)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 2 of 3 (RockHounds lead 1-0)
This season: Game 18 of 28 (Riders lead 10-7)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

LHP Frank Lopez (5-4, 4.91 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Monday at Midland (L, 2-1)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: RHP Ariel Jurado

Archived interview coming soon. Listen live on the Dr Pepper Pregame Show around 6:10 p.m.

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

 LAST TIME OUT:Blanked over the final six innings, the RoughRiders fell 2-1 to the Midland RockHounds on Monday night in the series opener…ANDY IBANEZ plated a run on a single in the third, brining in LEWIS BRINSON who doubled with two outs to start the rally…Midland scored two off of ARIEL JURADO in the fourth in Jurado’s Double-A debut…Jurado worked three hitless innings prior to the fourth-inning runs and tossed a quality start, allowing just two runs on four hits and a pair of walks in six innings…Brinson collected three hits, and Ibanez, RYAN CORDELL, and LUIS MARTE each picked up multiple hits…the Riders collected 11 hits in total, outing hitting the RockHounds, and left 13 men on-base, a season-high in a nine-inning game.

MOMENTOUS SERIES IN MIDLAND:
Today continues a pivotal seven-game road trip, a trek against two division rivals. After a four-game split at Corpus Christi the RoughRiders teed off against the Midland RockHounds yesterday. The RoughRiders are seven games back of Midland with 39 games left in the second half.  Since the Riders fell four games on July 2, they haven’t been closer and have been back by as many as eight games behind the RockHounds.

CARDIAC KIDS:
Frisco continues to play in tight ballgames, playing its fifth straight one-run game last night, often in come-from-behind games. Each of the last six meetings has been by one run as well. The Riders have played in more one-run games (37) than six of the seven other teams in the Texas League (Corpus Christi is first with 38). The club has had success in those games as well, going 21-16, the third-best winning percentage in the league (Springfield is first, 15-8, .652 win percentage). Additionally, 48 of the 100 games played have seen the winner come back from a defict at some point. Frisco is 28-20 in these games, and each of the last five games has the team that wins overcome a lead by the opponent.

LEFT-ON WOES:
The Riders had their chances last night, but left on too many men. Frisco stranded a season-high 13 runners, more than the previous high of 12 set in the 15-inning game at Midland May 17 and matched in Saturday’s 8-7 loss in 14 innings. The Riders went just 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position after hitting .388 (19-for-49) in those spots in the four-game split with the Corpus Christi Hooks over the weekend.

MAGICAL MARTE:
With two more hits last night, LUIS MARTE continues to tear it up at the plate for the Riders. He went 10-for-19 last series and is 15-for-his-last-27 over a current six-game multi-hit streak. Marte’s also in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak with three homers, a double, and 10 RBI. During the hitting streak, Marte has raised his average 83 points from .191 to .274. Marte has more hits (15) than anyone in all of Minor League Baseball over the past six days.

JACKSON’S BIG JULY:
Though he’s been a steady contributor at the plate all season, July has been especially fruitful for Riders outfielder JOE JACKSON. The 24-year-old is hitting .289 in his first 23 games this month after combining to hit .260 in the first three months. He has hits in 19 of the 23 games and holds a .356 on-base percentage since the calendar turned. Just last night, Jackson lost a nine-game hit streak and an 13-game on-base streak. The former catcher is also getting more experience in the outfield, having played 27 of his last 33 games in the grass after DH’ing early in the year.

SOMEBODY PAID THE POWER BILL:
The RoughRiders recently went through a shortage of power hitting, but appear to be on the way back up. The Riders hit 24 home runs in the past four series and hit 11 against Northwest Arkansas. Frisco has 25 homers in the last 17 games with homers in 12 of those 17, going just 1-4 when they don’t hit a home run during this stretch. After hitting just one in the previous 11, Frisco currently leads the Texas League with 26 July homers, three more than second place Corpus Christi (23). Since July 9, Frisco has 24 home runs, third-most in MiLB.

KINER KEEPS ON KEEPING ON…:
Though he struggled in his first few games back from the disabled list, Riders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA is back in the groove of where he was before landing on the DL in late May. He has reached base in 24 straight games, a season-long and the longest active streak in the league. He has hits in 19 of those games and has reached safely in 40 of his 101 plate appearances, a .396 OBP in that span (25 hits, 11 walks, four HBP). Kiner-Falefa has an on-base percentage of .359 this season, which ranks first on the team and 7th in the league.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Right-hander Heath Fillmyer makes his second Double-A start today…He arrived from High-A Stockton, where he’d spent all year, on July 21 to throw five innings of two-run ball on four hits at San Antonio, taking no-decision…Drafted in the 5th round out of Mercer County Community College (West Windsor, NJ) in 2014, he signed for a reported $305,000…Fillmyer is in his third pro season after spending his rookie year in the Arizona League, named most-improved pitcher at the A’s instructional league that ball, and all of last season with Low-A Beloit…Fillmyer entered the 2016 season ranked by MLB.com as the A’s No. 19 prospect (now No. 18) and was ranked the 25 player on the farm by Baseball America prior to the season (up from No. 28 prior to 2015)…Fillmyer was previous selected by the Colorado Rockies after his freshman season the 28th round of the 2013 draft but did not sign… As a freshman, the 6-foot-1, 193-pound Fillmyer, a shortstop, filled in at closer and pitched 7 2/3 innings out of the bullpen…He returned for his sophomore year and moved full-time to the mound where he went 9-0, 0.68 in 2014 ….REPERTOIRE: a 92 to 96 mph FASTBALL with sinking action and downhill angle. He also spins a CURVEBALL with tight break, and a CHANGEUP with splitter-like action, which is known as his best pitch.