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Saddle Up: Riders at San Antonio (5/5/16)

GAME #26
Frisco RoughRiders (19-6) at San Antonio Missions (9-17)
Thursday, May 5 – 7:05 p.m.
Wolff Stadium (San Antonio, TX)
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Watch: MiLB.TV (San Antonio 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 4 (Riders lead, 2-0)
This season: Game 7 of 32 (Riders lead, 6-0)

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Lefty Frank Lopez gets the start for the Riders tonight in San Antonio

FRISCO LINEUP

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

LHP Frank Lopez (2-0, 3.25 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Tuesday at San Antonio (W, 8-6)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
In come-from-behind fashion, the RoughRiders toppled the Missions 8-6 on Wednesday night…Down 6-3 after five innings, Frisco scored a pair of runs in the sixth and three runs in the eighth to move ahead for good…ZACH CONE drove in a pair of runs, and JUAN GRULLON earned the win, firing three innings of one-run ball in relief..RYNE SLACK and MATT BUSHclosed things out with perfect eighth and ninth innings respectively.

ON A MISSION:
With the win last night, the RoughRiders are 6-0 against San Antonio this season and have won their last nine games against the Missions, dating back to last season. The RoughRiders have dominated the season-series thus far, outscoring the Missions by 1.8 runs per game, hitting .286 to San Antonio’s .231. The Riders are outhomering the Missions 6-3 and have 19 extra-base hits to San Antonio’s 12. The Missions have the edge in one cateogory, however: stolen bases, where they lead 7 to 1.

COMEBACK KIDS:
Coming from behind again on Wednesday for a victory, the RoughRiders now have nine comeback wins of their 19 this season. Five of the last eight Riders wins have come when the team trailed at one point, including three straight April 28-30.

RIDING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS:
At 19-6, the RoughRiders have the best 25-game start in team history, besting the 2008 squad. The 2008 RoughRiders, 18-7 through 25 games, finished with an 84-56 record and lost to Arkansas in the Texas League championship series.

‘DELL-IGHTFUL START:
RYAN CORDELL has been on a roll early in the season, currently in the top five of eight major statistical categories in the Texas League, including batting avergae (5th, .341), slugging (3rd, .659), RBI (2nd,24), doubles (2nd, 9), runs (2nd, 22), and extra-base hits (2nd, 16). He’s already tied or surpassed many of his stats with Frisco from last year, when he hit .217 with five doubles, five home runs, and 18 RBI in 56 games. Cordell was rewarded with Texas League Player of the Month honors Monday, after winning Player of the Week last Monday. The 24-year-old hit .363 in April with five home runs (two grand slams) and 22 RBI.

GOING STREAKING:
Cordell has not only been off to a great start, but he’s been producing consistently for Frisco early in 2016. Although his 17-game hitting streak came to an end after going 0-for-3 Monday, he contimued his season-long on-base streak to 24 games last night with a single in the first. Dating back to the final three games of 2015, he has reached base in 27 straight contests.

“ONE”-DERFUL IN CLOSE GAMES:
Despite leading the Texas League in run differential (+40), Frisco has played in seven one-run contests, winning five, over the last 11 games. The Riders have a 6-3 record in games decided by one run this year and are 3-0 in games decided by two runs, including the win last night.

FIRST FRAME FUN:
After scoring just one first-inning run in the first 11 games, the Riders have outscored opponents, 21-8, in the last 14 first innings. Frisco has scored at least one first-inning run in four of six games against San Antonio this year.

THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER:
Part of the key for the Riders historic start to the season has been the strong bullpen, protecting leads late in games. The bullpen holds an ERA of just 2.57 through the first 25 games and has wiggled out of numerous late-game jams. MATT BUSHhas five saves, ADAM PARKS has three, and the team is 9-for-10 in save situations.

CRANKING UP CROOKED NUMBERS:
Early in the season, the RoughRiders have shown an ability to not only score in bunches but keep opponents from doing the same. The RoughRiders have tallied 10 innings of four or more runs (five four-run innings, four five-run frames and a six-spot). Meanwhile, the Riders have only allowed six innings of more than two runs.

SEPARATION IN THE SIXTH:
The RoughRiders have found immense success, both at the plate and on the mound, in the sixth inning this season. Frisco has outscored opponents, 27-9, in the sixth frame through 25 games. The Riders struck for their biggest inning of the year with a six-run sixth on April 14 vs. Northwest Arkansas and outscored the Missions 2-0 last night in the sixth.

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate off to a hot start. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 70-32 (.686), which is the best winning percentage among all minor-league systems. Class A-Advanced High Desert enters the day at 19-8, while Class-A Hickory is 17-8, and Triple-A Round Rock is 15-10. Round Rock was recently ranked the fifth-best Minor League team (any level) by MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Bryce Morrow makes his third Double-A start for the Missions this season, coming out of Extended Spring Training…The right-hander signed out of the Independent Frontier League in 2013 is in his third season in the Padres system…He split last season between Class A-Short Season, Double-A, and Triple-A…In San Antonio last year, the 28-year-old made 13 outings, including 5 starts, going 5-3 with a 4.01 ERA, striking out 34 and walking 16 in 49 1/3 innings of work… He throws with 3/4 arm slot, with a 4-seam fastball, a 2-seam fastball, a slider, and a changeup.

Matta’s moves hype up Riders

Erick “Shaq” Matta isn’t a member of the Riders active roster, but that doesn’t stop him from making contributions to the squad. In addition to helping out as a bullpen catcher with the RoughRiders, Matta has assumed the unofficial role of pre-game motivator by way of a short dance.

The routine takes place in the Riders dugout, shortly before each game. Matta gets in the middle of his teammates, who circle around him, and get energized by watching him dance. The ensuing claps, chants, and cheers from his teammates are noticeable around the ballpark.

Matta, the 22-year-old catcher, was a member of the active roster for a short while earlier this season and played in one game on April 18. The native of San Juan, Puerto Rico says the tradition started early in the season on a day when the energy wasn’t quite at normal levels before a game.

“I said, ‘let’s go do that’ and see the reaction after that,” said Matta. “Now, they do it for motivation.”

“I like it because – you know, Puerto Ricans, Latins, they like dance, you know?” said Matta. “Sometimes, the American guys don’t like that, but now, they like it.”

It’s a simple dance, but it’s brought Matta and his teammates closer together, while giving them a little extra energy boost before they take the field.

As Matta puts it, “I’m not on the roster, but I feel like I am.”

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Dancer – A knuckleball

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders at San Antonio (5/4/16)

GAME #25
Frisco RoughRiders (18-6) at San Antonio Missions (9-16)
Wednesday, May 4 – 7:05 p.m.
Wolff Stadium (San Antonio, TX)
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Watch: MiLB.TV (San Antonio 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 4 (Riders lead, 1-0)
This season: Game 6 of 32 (Riders lead, 5-0)

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Alex Burg drove in a pair of runs in Tuesday’s 3-0 win at San Antonio

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – SS
  2. Garrett Weber – 3B
  3. Ryan Cordell – CF
  4. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  5. Alex Burg – DH
  6. Preston Beck – DH
  7. Zach Cone – LF
  8. Alberto Triunfel – 2B
  9. Kellin Deglan – C

RHP Reed Garrett (0-0, 3.09 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Tuesday at San Antonio (W, 3-0)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders shut out the San Antonio Missions 3-0 on Tuesday night, in a game that was closer than the final score indicated…Frisco plated a run on a bases loaded hit batter in the first inning and did not score again until the ninth…VICTOR PAYANO struck out a career-high 13 batters and walked none in 6 2/3 scoreless innings…ADAM PARKS (1.1 IP) and MATT BUSH (1.0 IP) completed the shutout…All three runs were driven in without a base hit (HBP, SF, and fielder’s choice)…The RoughRiders are now 5-0 against the Missions this season.

RIDING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS:
At 18-6, the RoughRiders have the best 24-game start in team history, besting the 2008 squad. The 2008 RoughRiders finished with an 84-56 record and lost to Arkansas in the Texas League championship series.

‘DELL-IGHTFUL START:
RYAN CORDELL has been on a roll early in the season, currently leading the Texas League in slugging percentage (.678) and ranking second in doubles (9), RBI (23), and runs (21). In addition, Cordell has more extra-base hits (16) than singles (14). He’s already tied or surpassed many of his stats with Frisco from last year, when he hit .217 with five doubles, five home runs, and 18 RBI in 56 games. Cordell was rewarded with Texas League Player of the Month honors Monday, after winning Player of the Week last Monday. The 24-year-old hit .363 in April with five home runs (two grand slams) and 22 RBI.

GOING STREAKING:
Cordell has not only been off to a great start, but he’s been producing consistently for Frisco early in 2016. Although his 17-game hitting streak came to an end after going 0-for-3 Monday, he drew a walk to increase his league-high on-base streak to 23 games. Dating back to the final three games of 2015, he has reached base in 26 straight contests.

TO THE VICTOR GO THE SPOILS:
VICTOR PAYANO was dominant in yesterday’s start against San Antonio. In 6 2/3 shutout innings, Payano fanned a career-high 13 batters. It was the most strikeouts by a Riders pitcher since Robbie Erlin fanned 14 batters against Corpus Christi on June 26, 2011 and the second-most in team history in a single-game.

YU BETTER BELIEVE IT:
Right-handed pitcher YU DARVISH threw two scoreless innings for the RoughRiders Sunday afternoon, allowing just one walk. It was the right-hander’s first rehabilitation start, as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery last year.

BURG BUSTING BACK ON TO THE SCENE:
Since returning from a short stay with Triple-A Round Rock, ALEX BURG has been on a tear for Frisco. In his first eight games back, Burg is hitting .407 (11-for-27), with three home runs and nine RBI. Burg has hits in seven of eight games since his return.

“ONE”-DERFUL IN CLOSE GAMES:
Despite leading the Texas League in run differential (+38), Frisco has played in seven one-run contests, winning five, over the last 10 games. The Riders have a 6-3 record in games decided by one run this year.

STARTING SERIES STRONG:
With yesterday’s win, the RoughRiders improved to 8-0 in series openers this season. The Riders have won five of their first seven series, including a four-game sweep against San Antonio at Dr Pepper Ballpark last week.

FIRST FRAME FUN:
After scoring just one first-inning run in the first 11 games, the Riders have outscored opponents, 19-6, in the last 13 first innings. Frisco has scored a first-inning run in three of five games against San Antonio this year.

THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER:
Part of the key for the Riders historic start to the season has been the strong bullpen, protecting leads late in games. The bullpen holds an ERA of just 2.61 through the first 24 games and has wiggled out of numerous late-game jams. MATT BUSHhas four saves, ADAM PARKS has three, and the team is 8-for-9 in save situations.

CRANKING UP CROOKED NUMBERS:
Early in the season, the RoughRiders have shown an ability to not only score in bunches but keep opponents from doing the same. The RoughRiders have tallied 10 innings of four or more runs (five four-run innings, four five-run frames and a six-spot). Meanwhile, the Riders have only allowed five innings of more than two runs.

SEPARATION IN THE SIXTH:
The RoughRiders have found immense success, both at the plate and on the mound, in the sixth inning this season. Frisco has outscored opponents, 25-9, in the sixth frame through 24 games. The Riders struck for their biggest inning of the year with a six-run sixth on April 14 vs. Northwest Arkansas.

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate off to a hot start. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 68-31 (.687), which is the best winning percentage among all minor-league systems. Class A-Advanced High Desert enters the day at 19-7, while Class-A Hickory is 17-8, and Triple-A Round Rock is 14-10. 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:
Part of the Zach Greinke trade that sent the right-hander from the Brewers to the Angels (along with SS Jean Segura and P Ariel Pena), Johnny Hellweg is now in his first season with the Padres, signing as a free agent in November…Originally drafted by the Marlins in the 46th round in 2007, Hellweg passed up going pro, playing a year at Florida Community College before signing with the Angels for $150,000 as a 16th-round pick in 2008…The Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Hellweg as the 31st-best prospect in the Angel’s organization in the spring of 2010. He was moved up to #23 in the winter before 2011 spring training…They had Johnny at #6 in the offseason before 2013 spring camps opened, and he moved up again in the spring of 2014, when he was rated 4th-best in the Brewers’ farm system…But Hellweg was dropped to #21 in the spring of 2015…Hellweg was named the Brewers’ 2013 Minor League Pitcher of the Year a day before rejoining the Major League rotation for a start against the Cubs…He also was named the Triple-A Pacific Coast League’s Player of the Year for 2013,only the fourth Nashville Sounds pitcher to win the league’s award and first since R.A. Dickey (2007)…Repertoire: Hellweg has a lively 91-98 mph FASTBALL with sink, an 81-83 mph slurvy-CURVEBALL, as well as a CHANGEUP.

 

April by the Numbers

0 – Losses in series openers

1 – Place in Texas League South division standings

2 – Grand slams for Ryan Cordell

2.95 – Earned run average (lowest in league)

3 – Series sweeps

3.5 – Games ahead of second-place Midland

4 – Total losses

5 – Straight road wins to open the season

5.2 – Runs scored per game (most in league)

6 – Longest win streak (4/25-4/30)

– Wins in series openers

8 – Comeback wins

– Doubles for Cordell (leads league)

10 – Innings with four or more runs scored

11.1 – Consecutive scoreless innings pitched by Ryne Slack

12 – Longest game (innings), Riders came back to beat Arkansas 6-4

13 – Wins when leading after six innings (no losses)

14 – Singles for Cordell

15 – Extra-base hits for Cordell

16 – Cordell’s league-leading hit streak

17 – Total wins

18 – Home runs

19 – Consecutive batters retired by Richelson Pena (4/7-4/11)

20 – Runs scored by Cordell (leads league)

21 – Games played (best start in team history)

22 – RBI for Cordell (leads Rangers organization – MLB & MiLB)

24 – Sixth-inning runs

42 – Run differential (largest in league)

61 – Total wins by Rangers affiliates, more than any other farm system

6,682 – Average attendance (highest in league)

10,004 – Largest crowd at Dr Pepper Ballpark (4/30)

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– Steve

Baseball term of the day: automobile squint – The theory when automobiles first became popular that driving one adversely affected a ballplayer’s batting eye.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

Rehabbing with the Riders: Chris Gimenez

This week has been an eventful one for the RoughRiders, winning all five games at home. The Riders have also been joined by Rangers catcher Chris Gimenez, another highlight of the past few days in addition to the success on the field. Gimenez was added to the roster earlier this week on a rehab assignment.

During the Major League veteran’s time here in Frisco, Gimenez has been assisting the younger players and giving valuable advice to everyone in the clubhouse. Earlier this week, we caught up with him and chatted about the experience. Here is an excerpt from the interview.

Steve Goldberg: You had a chance to meet a bunch of these guys at Spring Training. What did you know about the Riders players coming in to your rehab assignment?

Chris Gimenez: It’s just a good group of goofballs. The one thing I’ve noticed is that they keep the clubhouse extremely light and it’s a lot of fun. There’s a lot of music and a lot of talking. I think that’s good. That’s something you don’t see a lot of these days, with the iPads and iPhones. Everyone is in their chair playing on their different device. But this group is a good, close-knit group. These guys are having fun.

Chris Gimenez rounds the bases after hitting a home run in his first at-bat with Frisco.

Chris Gimenez rounds the bases after hitting a home run in his first at-bat with Frisco.

SG: How does being back here now compare to your own experience as a Minor Leaguer?

CG: This is the nicest ballpark I’ve ever played in aside from the big leagues, so it doesn’t make you feel like you’re in the Minor Leagues. From the ballpark, to the crowd, to the scenery around here, everything is gorgeous. Like I said, they take such good care of us around here that it really doesn’t make you feel like you’re in the Minor Leagues at all.

SG: Did you have experience working with Major League players on rehab assignments when you were in the Minors coming up?

CG: Absolutely. And at every level too. I always remember it being a really cool experience, just to try to talk to some of the guys. I’ve had some conversations with a couple of the guys down here that I’ve known for a little while as well. It’s nice to offer any sort of advice or just be there as someone to listen. Sometimes, you just need a deaf ear to fall on and somebody that you can just go out and have a normal conversation with. Someone that’s not a coach, someone that’s not trying to give you four different things you can do to fix your swing or to throw a strike. It’s the same for me. When you’re struggling, you just want to get out of it as quick as you can. But a lot of times, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to do that. I think the biggest part of it is just trying to be relaxed as possible. Try to keep it like you were playing in Little League. We never had slumps in Little League because we always had fun doing it. That’s the motto I try to portray when I talk about stuff like that.

SG: You’re fighting for a spot as a catcher on the Rangers [25-man] roster. Does that competition impact you at all during these rehab games?

CG: Not at all. It’s out of my control. The only I can control is just trying to get myself back, in the best game shape I can possibly be in, and put myself in a position for them to have to make a decision on it. As much as I would like to say it’s in my control, I know it’s not. They’re going to have a decision to make.

So far, Gimenez is 5-for-14 (.357) with a home run and three RBI in four games with the Riders. He will be joined by fellow Rangers rehabbers Josh Hamilton tonight and Yu Darvish tomorrow.

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: baby act – A play considered “ungentlemanly” in the late 19th century, such as a bunt or an intentional base on balls.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

Riding Through the Farm: Rangers Organization Continues to Crush

The RoughRiders are off to a 15-4 start and lead the Texas League South division, and the other teams in the farm system have stayed hot as well. Every team affiliated with the Rangers, including the big league club, has a winning record and four of the five are in first place in their respective divisions.

Texas Rangers (MLB):

Elvis Andrus (Riders ’08) currently leads the Rangers with a .343 batting average. The mark is good for third in the American League behind Mark Trumbo (.354) and another former Rider Ian Kinsler (.345). Andrus also leads the league with three triples. The Rangers in first place, half a game ahead of the Seattle Mariners, in the AL West with a 12-10 record and begin a three-game home series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim tonight.

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Former Rider Joey Gallo is tied for the PCL lead with seven home runs.

Round Rock Express (Triple-A):

Round Rock is currently in first place in the Pacific Coast League American Southern division with an 11-8 record. Joey Gallo (Riders ’14-15 – Rangers No. 1 prospect, MLB Pipeline) is tied for the league-lead with seven home runs, which is also the second highest total in Minor League Baseball.

High Desert Mavericks (High-A):

Travis Demeritte (Rangers No. 21 prospect) continues to pace the explosive offense for the 17-4 Mavericks. Demeritte leads all of Minor League Baseball with eight home runs. Meanwhile, Luke Tendler paces the circuit with a .377 batting average and is second in the league with 19 RBI. High Desert is in first place in the California League South division, leading Rancho Cucamonga by three games.

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Travis Demeritte leads all of Minor League Baseball with eight home runs for High Desert.

Hickory Crawdads (Single-A):

The 14-7 Crawdads have been putting up some impress totals as well, at the lowest full-season level. Andy Ibanez (Rangers No. 16 prospect) leads the entire farm system with his .397 batting average. Pedro Payano (Rangers No. 29 prospect) has a farm system and league-best 0.38 ERA (1 ER in 24 IP). Eric Jenkins (Rangers No. 7 prospect) and Dylan Moore lead Rangers Minor Leaguers with 10 stolen bases each. The Crawdads are tied for second place in the South Atlantic League Northern division, half a game behind Hagerstown.

Stay tuned for more updates from the farm system over the course of the season.

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: foul screecher – An untutored spectator who cheers foul balls not knowing that they are not hits

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

Saddle Up: Riders vs San Antonio (4/28/16)

GAME #18
Frisco RoughRiders (14-4) vs San Antonio Missions (8-11)
Thursday, April 28 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
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Watch: Fox Sports Southwest and MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Mike Bacsik)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Steve Goldberg and Ryan Rouillard)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 4 of 4 (Riders lead, 3-0)
This season: Game 4 of 32 (Riders lead, 3-0)

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Isiah Kiner-Falefa (left) and Ronald Guzman each had 2 RBI Wednesday in the Riders win over San Antonio

FRISCO LINEUP

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

LHP Victor Payano (1-0, 3.45 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Wednesday vs San Antonio (W, 6-5)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

Highlight of the Night: Ronald Guzman’s leaping catch ends the fifth

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

Guzman’s got a good glove

For as impressive a start as Ronald Guzman is having at the plate, perhaps his defense has been the more impressive feature of his game so far this season.

Guzman, who holds a career fielding percentage of .986, has played error-free baseball in 16 starts at first base this season, after making 16 errors in 130 games between Class-A Hickory and Class A-Advanced High Desert in 2015.

“I’ve been having some tough plays, but I feel a lot more athletic this year, so I feel like I’m able to make those plays,” said Guzman.

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Guzman is one of three first basemen in the Texas League with a perfect fielding percentage (minimum 100 total chances)

Those tough plays have included scoops, dives, and leaps, which fit the job description of most first basemen. But Guzman has also shown an ability that a lot of first basemen don’t have: going into the splits to receive throws.

“I’ve always been flexible,” he said. “I don’t usually use it very often, but when it’s needed, I will go for it…When I feel like it’s going to be a close play, I always think about doing the splits to get the out.”

Guzman, who’s appearing in Double-A for the first time in his career this season, worked on his lower-body positioning during the offseason, in an attempt to make himself more ready to make a play at first base. He says it has helped, especially, when it comes to fielding ground balls.

“I know defense is a big deal, especially up here,” said the 21-year-old. “You’ve got to be able to make the plays for your pitcher, for your teammates. So I felt like it was really important [to improve in the offseason] and I’m pretty happy with the plays that I’ve done.”

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Gloveman – A good defensive player

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders vs San Antonio (4/27/16)

GAME #18
Frisco RoughRiders (13-4) vs San Antonio Missions (8-10)
Wednesday, April 27 – 11:05 a.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
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Audio: Listen online or through the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Watch: MiLB.TV (Barnett and Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 3 of 4 (Riders lead, 2-0)
This season: Game 3 of 32 (Riders lead, 2-0)

FRISCO LINEUP

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Joe Jackson delivered the walk-off single for the RoughRiders Tuesday night

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

RHP Sam Wolff (3-0, 1.69 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Tuesday vs San Antonio (W, 4-3)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

Highlight of the Night: Joe Jackson’s walk-off single

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
In walk-off fashion, the Riders captured a 4-3 win over the San Antonio Missions on Thursday…JOE JACKSON singled inRYAN CORDELL to end the game in the ninth…The walk-off capped off a come-from-behind win for Frisco who trailed 3-1 in the sixth inning before Cordell blasted a two-run home runs to tie it…The Riders got four brilliant innings out of CONNOR SADZECK before he allowed a run in the fifth and two in the sixth…RYNE SLACK earned the win in relief, allowing no runs and no hits in three innings of work out of the pen.

RIDING HIGH:
The RoughRiders won nine of their first 10 games this season, marking the best 10-game start in team history. At 13-4, the RoughRiders are still on pace with the 2008 squad for the best start in the 14-year history of the franchise. The 2008 RoughRiders finished with an 84-56 record and lost to Arkansas in the Texas League championship series.

EXTRA! EXTRA!:
RYAN CORDELL has been on a roll early in the season, leading the Texas League in batting average (.375), slugging (.766), home runs (5), doubles (8), extra-base hits (14), RBI (21), and runs (17). In addition, Cordell has more extra-base hits (14) than singles (10).

GOING STREAKING:
Cordell has not only been off to a great start, but he’s been producing consistently for Frisco early in 2016. He rides an 12-game hit streak into today’s game and has been on base in all 17 contests this year, both of which are the Texas League’s longest active streaks. Dating back to the final three games of last season, he has reached base in 20 straight contests.

CONE IN THE ZONE:
After starting the season 4-for-26, ZACH CONE has 10 hits in his last 26 at-bats, including six extra-base hits and 11 RBI. He has driven in at least one run in five of the last eight games. Cone went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in Tuesday’s loss to Arkansas, and he slugged a three-run homer in Monday’s win.

STARTING SERIES STRONG:
With their win Monday night, the RoughRiders are a perfect 6-0 in series-opening games this season. Frisco has won four of its first five series, including two sweeps of Northwest Arkansas.

SCORING SOONER:
Early on, the Riders had trouble scoring early in games. 25 of the 34 runs they scored over their first seven games came in the sixth inning or later. But in their last nine games, 41 of their 51 runs have come within the first five innings.

FIRST FRAME FUN:
After scoring just one first-inning run in the first 11 games, the Riders have scored 14 in the last six games, including five on Friday, have at least one first inning run in each of the past six games, and have outscoring opponents 14-1.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:
The Riders have fared better at home against San Antonio than any of the other teams in the Texas League’s South division. Frisco has defeated the Missions 103 times at Dr Pepper Ballpark and also has a better win percentage against San Antonio, both overall (.528) and at home (.569), than Corpus Christi or Midland.

THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER:
While almost every facet of the RoughRiders team has been clicking early on, the bullpen has been especially strong for the Riders. Over the past 13 games, the ‘pen has allowed just nine earned runs in the last 53 1/3 innings (1.52 ERA). Over that stretch, relievers have allowed just 28 hits and 25 walks (0.99 WHIP), while striking out 47.

CRANKING UP CROOKED NUMBERS:
Early in the season, the RoughRiders have shown an ability to not only score in bunches but keep opponents from doing the same. The RoughRiders have tallied five four-run innings, three five-run frames and a six-spot. Meanwhile, the Riders have only allowed two innings of more than two runs (4, 5th inning, 4/19 vs. Arkansas; 3, 7th inning, 4/25 vs. San Antonio).

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate off to a hot start. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 52-22 (.703), good for the best winning percentage among all minor-league systems. Class A-Advanced High Desert enters today at 15-4, Class-A Hickory is 12-7, and Triple-A Round Rock is 11-7. Round Rock was recently ranked the fifth-best Minor League team (any level) by MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

Saddle Up: Riders vs San Antonio (4/26/16)

GAME #17
Frisco RoughRiders (12-4) vs San Antonio Missions (8-9)
Tuesday, April 26 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
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Audio: Listen online or through the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Watch: MiLB.TV (Barnett and Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
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Chris Gimenez continues his rehab assignment tonight, after hitting a solo homer last night

This series: Game 2 of 4 (Riders lead, 1-0)
This season: Game 2 of 32 (Riders lead, 1-0)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Connor Sadzeck (3-0, 1.53)

RIDERS RECAP: Monday vs San Antonio (W, 7-4)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
Behind a pair of home runs, including one from rehabber CHRIS GIMENEZ, and a strong pitching performance from FRANK LOPEZ, the Riders cruised their way to a 7-4 win over the San Antonio Missions on Monday night…Lopez allowed just one run, earned, in 6 1/3 innings of work, surrendering no walks and five singles while striking out two…Gimenez’s homer put the Riders ahead 1-0, and ZACH CONE’s three-run longball in a four-run fourth inning put Frisco ahead 5-0…San Antonio clawed back to 5-2, but Frisco plated insurance runs in seventh and eighth innings to hold off a Missions rally.

RIDING HIGH:
The RoughRiders won nine of their first 10 games this season, marking the best 10-game start in team history. At 12-4, the RoughRiders are still on pace with the 2008 squad for the best start in the 14-year history of the franchise. The 2008 RoughRiders finished with an 84-56 record and lost to Arkansas in the Texas League championship series.

EXTRA! EXTRA!:
RYAN CORDELL has been on a roll early in the season, leading the Texas League in doubles (7), extra-base hits (12), RBI (18), and runs (15). In addition, Cordell has more extra-base hits (12) than singles (10).

GOING STREAKING:
Cordell has not only been off to a great start, but he’s been producing consistently for Frisco early in 2016. He rides an 11-game hit streak into tonight’s game and has been on base in all 16 contests this year, both of which are the Texas League’s longest active streaks. Dating back to the final three games last season, he’s reached base in 19 straight contests.

CONE IN THE ZONE:
After starting the season 4-for-26, ZACH CONE has nine hits in his last 22 at-bats, including five extra-base hits and 11 RBI. He has driven in at least one run in five of the last seven games. Cone went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in Tuesday’s loss to Arkansas, and he slugged a three-run homer in yesterday’s win.

STARTING SERIES STRONG:
With their win Monday night, the RoughRiders are a perfect 6-0 in series-opening games this season. Frisco has won four of its first five series, including two sweeps of Northwest Arkansas.

SCORING SOONER:
Early on, the Riders had trouble scoring early in games. 25 of the 34 runs they scored over their first seven games came in the sixth inning or later. But in their last nine games, 40 of their 47 runs have come within the first five innings.

FIRST FRAME FUN:
After scoring just one first-inning run in the first 11 games, the Riders have scored 13 in the last five games, including five on Friday.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:
The Riders have fared better at home against San Antonio than any of the other teams in the Texas League’s South division. Frisco has defeated the Missions 102 times at Dr Pepper Ballpark and also has a better win percentage against San Antonio, both overall (.526) and at home (.567), than Corpus Christi or Midland.

THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER:
While almost every facet of the RoughRiders team has been clicking early on, the bullpen has been especially strong for the Riders. Over the past 12 games, the ‘pen has allowed just nine earned runs in the last 50 1/3 innings (2.15 ERA). Over that stretch, relievers have allowed just 28 hits and 24 walks (1.03 WHIP), while striking out 43.

CRANKING UP CROOKED NUMBERS:
Early in the season, the RoughRiders have shown an ability to not only score in bunches but keep opponents from doing the same. The RoughRiders have tallied five four-run innings, three five-run frames and a six-spot. Meanwhile, the Riders have only allowed two innings of more than two runs (4, 5th inning, 4/19 vs. Arkansas; 3, 7th inning, 4/25 vs. San Antonio).

REELING IN A SERIES WIN: 
After a rough season series against the Hooks in 2015 (9-23), the RoughRiders won their first series against Corpus Christi this season. The last time that the RoughRiders won a series against the Hooks was July 15-18, 2015.

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate off to a hot start. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 48-22 (.686), good for the best winning percentage among all minor-league systems. Class A-Advanced High Desert enters today at 14-4, Class-A Hickory is 11-7, and Triple-A Round Rock is 10-7. Round Rock was recently ranked the fifth-best Minor League team (any level) by MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

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