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Last week, prior to the first game of the RoughRiders season at Northwest Arkansas, Ryan wrote a piece about the magic of Opening Day. While Opening Day is certainly something to look forward to, only half the teams in a league actually begin their season at home.
For the other teams, like the Riders this year, Opening Day comes on the road. Sure, there is magic in the air when the players step out on the field for the first time. But it is a different feeling when you are the visitors and not the ones receiving cheers from the crowd.
Home openers are always special, no matter if they fall on the first game of the year or the ninth. For this year’s Riders, the home opener is scheduled for today after the team won five of six road games to begin the season.
While Frisco’s record on Opening Day is 8-6, their record in home openers is not nearly as pretty. The Riders are 4-9 in the first game at Dr Pepper Ballpark, including a 0-8 mark in home openers after beginning play on the road.
Here is a look at the year-by-year results in home openers at Dr Pepper Ballpark:
April 9, 2015 vs. Arkansas: L, 8-4 (Attendance: 8228)
April 4, 2014 vs. Northwest Arkansas: L, 3-1 (Attendance: 8211)
April 11, 2013 vs. Arkansas: L, 6-3 (Attendance: 9267)
April 12, 2012 vs. Springfield: L, 4-3 (Attendance: 7258)
April 7, 2011 vs. Springfield: W, 6-2 (Attendance: 7150)
April 8, 2010 vs. Springfield: W, 2-1 (Attendance: 8301)
April 16, 2009 vs. Springfield: L, 11-9 (Attendance: 7342)
April 10, 2008 vs. Springfield: L, 12-5 (Attendance: 9771)
April 5, 2007 vs. Arkansas: W, 3-2 (Attendance: 8458)
April 6, 2006 vs. Midland: W, 4-2 (Attendance: 8816)
April 12, 2005 vs. Corpus Christi: L, 4-1 (Attendance: 8723)
April 18, 2004 vs. Tulsa: L, 4-1 (Attendance: 10,773)
April 3, 2003 vs. Tulsa: L, 16-2 (Attendance: 10,685)
The RoughRiders will try to snap their four-game losing streak in home openers when they take the field tonight against the Naturals. Last week, Frisco swept Northwest Arkansas in a three-game series at Arvest Ballpark to begin the season. LHP Frank Lopez (1-0, 0.00 ERA) takes the mound for the Riders against LHP Matt Strahm (0-0, 0.00 ERA) for the Naturals.
Baseball term of the day: four-ribeye steak – synonym of grand slam
(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)
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With their backs to the elimination wall in the series with Northwest Arkansas, the RoughRiders turned in a total team effort (good pitching + timely hitting) to knock off the Nats 6-1 on Monday. Click here to read the full game recap.
Thankfully, ‘Riders Wrecker Lane Adams was not in the starting lineup to challenge Frisco’s control of the game, which began immediately in the first inning thanks to two solo home runs.
Star of the Game: RHP Alex Gonzalez – 5 1/3IP, 2H, R, 2BB, 5K
Chi Chi found the form from his Double-A debut against Midland on June 10 with the best outing of his last five starts. The righty retired the first ten batters he faced and did not allow an extra-base hit. After he left with one out and one on in the sixth inning, a platoon force of Kyle Lotzkar (1 1/3IP), Wilmer Font (1/3IP), Ryan Rodebaugh (1IP) and Keone Kela (1IP) surrendered one hit and three walks the rest of the way.
In case you missed it:
-The RoughRiders hit three home runs in a single game for the first time since May 29 in a 13-4 win over the Tulsa Drillers when Odubel Herrera, Chris Grayson and Ryan Rua each went yard.
-On Monday, Drew Robinson (8), Trever Adams (9) and Joey Gallo (10) hit their eighth, ninth and tenth home runs of the season with the RoughRiders, respectively.
-Gallo watch: 2-for-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI, 2SO
Joey iced the game with a titanic blast to center field. The Northwest Arkansas grounds crew planned to measure the distance the ball traveled. Through 25 games at the Double-A level, Joey bats .298 (28-for-94) with 19 runs, seven doubles, ten home runs, 23 RBI, 13 walks and 46 strikeouts. His slash line reads .298/.389/.691/1.080. Nice.
-Robinson’s solo home run in the first inning gave the ‘Riders their first lead of the series.
-Robinson and Jake Skole each played in five of the six games on the road trip and registered at least one base hit every time in the lineup.
Home Run List (current players):
1. Joey Gallo – 10
2. Trever Adams – 9
3. Drew Robinson – 8
4. Teodoro Martinez – 3
5. Jake Skole – 2
5. Tomás Telis – 2
7. Patrick Cantwell – 1
7. Chris Grayson – 1
7. Odubel Herrera – 1
Hanser Alberto is back for a second run with the ‘Riders after 100 games played in 2013. The shortstop put in a solid first half with Myrtle Beach and hopes to build on that momentum the second time ’round the Texas League circuit:
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Baseball is a game of numbers. Batting average, fielding percentage, home runs, total bases, etc. There’s a value and a statistic for virtually everything. However, some of the most interesting numbers for the ‘Riders this season have come off the field. Like every baseball team, the ‘Riders spend a lot of time traveling. How much? I’m glad you asked.
Road trips: 12
Total miles driven: 10,449
Total time on the bus: 178 hours, 45 minutes (approx. 7.5 days)
Gallons in the bus’ fuel tank: 250
Miles per tank of gas: 1,200
Bus MPG: 4.8
Cost of diesel fuel per gallon: $3.86
Gallons of gas used this season: 2,177
Total cost of gas for the season: $8,403
Total time in Midland, TX: Approx. 336 hours
Episodes of Entourage watched on the bus: All of them
Total number of card games played: 1,284
Shortest trip: Northwest Arkansas to Tulsa (1 hour, 45 minutes; 109 miles)
Longest trip: Midland to Corpus Christi (7 hours, 30 minutes; 475 miles)
Average time of arrival: 4:42 a.m.
No doubt, this has been a fun year for the ‘Riders. But as you can see, there’s a lot that goes into getting the guys around the Texas League. Big thanks to Carlos Coleman, the best driver in the Texas League.
The current road trip is almost halfway over. Then it’s off to Corpus Christi for four games, then back home to finish of the regular season. After that? We’ll jump on the bus for San Antonio and the playoffs.
318 miles, 5 hours and 30 minutes.