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Failure to Launch

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Like a hitter in a hot streak at the plate, this pitching staff is grooving right now. A 2-1 loss in 11 innings hardly falls on the shoulders of the pitchers. Instead, the offense stayed under wraps provided virtually no run support for Jerad Eickhoff & co. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Jerad Eickhoff - 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K

Jerad did not earn a win on Wednesday, but least he was spared a losing decision. The Texas League leader in strikeouts upped his total to 128 and turned in a seven-inning outing for the fifth time this season.

In case you missed it:

-Curt Smith’s walk-off home run was the first run allowed by Martire Garcia in over 18 innings as a RoughRider this season.

-Springfield reliever Sam Tuivailala gave his best Keone Kela impersonation and topped out at 101 mph on the Hammons Field Radar gun. He loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth and blew a save when a wild pitch allowed the ‘Riders to tie the game. The ‘Riders could have taken the lead for good, but Tuivailala denied them the chance when he struck out the side in order. He finished with six strikeouts in two inning.

-After Tuivailala, Joey Donofrio took the hill and gave the ‘Riders fits for the final three innings. Donofrio sat down all nine batters he faced and added four strikeouts to his line. The RoughRiders struck out 15 times in the ballgame.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-5, 5 SO

Telvin Nash hit a home run on Wednesday for Corpus Christi and now leads Joey by two in the Texas League home run chase. Joey last hit a homer on August 8.

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

1. Joey Gallo (17)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (11)

4. J.T. Wise (6)

5. Jake Skole (5)

6. Teodoro Martinez (3)

6. Jorge Alfaro (3)

8. Chris Grayson (2)

8. Odubel Herrera (2)

10. Patrick Cantwell (1)

10. Nomar Mazara (1)

10. Hanser Alberto (1)

 

New arrival and top ten Rangers prospect Nomar Mazara sits down with Alex and talks about his first Double-A home run and his basketball background in the Dominican Republic:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Rainy Skies Affect Another Game on the Homestand

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For the second time on the homestand, weather left its fingerprint on a game at the Doc. On Friday, a late afternoon rain shower pushed first pitch to 7:35 (a half hour after the scheduled start time). When play commenced, the Drillers cruised on three homers to an 8-3 win and send the ‘Riders to a three-game skid. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: LF Trever Adams – 1/3, R, RBI, BB

It wasn’t a particularly strong night offensively as the RoughRiders mustered only a handful of hits, but Trever had a hand in two of the ‘Riders three runs in the game. After he went hitless on Thursday for the first time in 13 games, Trever bounced back on Friday and has not gone consecutive outings without a base knock in the second half of the season, which started June 17.

In case you missed it:

-The ‘Riders committed multiple errors for the third night in a row and have not had a night without a miscue on the homestand.

-Frisco falls to 8-8 against the North Division in the second half of the season.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI

In a highly anticipated matchup, Joey battled Tulsa starter Jon Gray for two at-bats on Friday. Both were recently rated the number one prospect in their respective organizations by MLB.com. In round one, hitter saw four strikes from pitcher and ultimately grounded out to first base. The rematch, however, told a different story as Joey blasted a first pitch delivery from Gray to center field for a two-run home run.

Joey now has 38 jacks this season and breaks a tie with Kris Bryant for the most in professional baseball. It was also career home run number 100 for the lefty and his 17th with Frisco, second-most in the Texas League.

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

1. Joey Gallo (17)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (10)

4. J.T. Wise (5)

4. Jake Skole (5)

6. Teodoro Martinez (3)

7. Chris Grayson (2)

7. Odubel Herrera (2)

9. Patrick Cantwell (1)

9. Jorge Alfaro (1)

 

Former RoughRider Derek Holland checks in at Dr Pepper Ballpark for the first time since 2008, when he spent the final month of the season with the ‘Riders and helped lead the team to the Texas League championship series. He delves into the struggles of injury rehab, mental and physical, that dog even the best and also discusses his impressive track record of community involvement:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

They Came to Play

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

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

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

In case you missed it:

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

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

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

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

-Gallo watch: See above

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

1. Joey Gallo (12)

2. Trever Adams (11)

3. Drew Robinson (9)

4. Teodoro Martinez (3)

5. Chris Grayson (2)

5. Jake Skole (2)

7. Odubel Herrera (1)

7. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

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

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

This Split Tastes Pretty Good

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

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

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

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

In case you missed it:

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

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

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

-Gallo watch: See above

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

1. Trever Adams (11)

1. Joey Gallo (11)

3. Drew Robinson (9)

4. Teodoro Martinez (3)

5. Chris Grayson (2)

6. Jake Skole (2)

7. Odubel Herrera (1)

8. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

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

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Finally, A Big Inning

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

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

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

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

In case you missed it:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

True Grit, Part II

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Earlier this season, we titled a blog post “True Grit” because it embodied the RoughRiders’ efforts in a 3-2 win over Springfield. Click here to read the full game recap.

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

Odubel scored his 24th run for the RoughRiders this season. The southpaw has hits in 21 of his last 24 games and in 16 of his last 33, Odubel has knocked multiple base hits.

In case you missed it:

-The Hooks committed four errors in the game, including three in a two-inning period. As a result, the ‘Riders scored two unearned runs to tie the game at 2-2 and then take the lead for good in the seventh inning.

-As bad as the infield played for Corpus Christi, its outfield was excellent and registered two outfield assists in the first inning. Both resulted in outs at the plate to keep the RoughRiders off the board early.

-Corpus Christi again outhit Frisco 8-6.

-A throwing error on catcher J.T. Wise in the eighth inning broke a streak of four games without an error for Frisco’s defense. It was the team’s longest stretch of the season.

-Speedster Delino DeShields, Jr., who ranks second in the Texas League with 41 stolen bases, cracked his first triple of the season in the fifth.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-4, 3SO

Joey is now three for his last 29 at the dish with 16 strikeouts. His last home run with the ‘Riders came on July 7 and he has not hit a long ball at Dr Pepper Ballpark since June 28.

 

 

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Wise Move

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In a swift turn of events, a no-hit bid by Corpus Christi’s Chris Devenski ended abruptly in the seventh inning. Not only did Devenski forfeit the no-no, he could not finish the frame and left on the hook for the loss. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: DH J.T. Wise – 1/2, 2B, 2RBI, BB, SO

It looks like the decision to sign Wise out of the American Association was just that – a wise one, indeed. The former Wichita Wingnut has been a doubles machine since his arrival in Frisco on July 11 (four in six games). In what became the game’s seminal moment, Wise’s line drive two-bagger down the left field line brought home the only two runs of the game for Frisco. The native of Apopka, Florida also ruined a perfect game attempt by Devenski when he drew a walk in the fifth. Devenski had seated the first 14 batters he faced.

In case you missed it:

-Erik Hamren registered his first save as a RoughRider and his first save in the Texas League since April 25, 2012 when the righty pitched for the San Antonio Missions in 6-5 win against…the RoughRiders.

-Corpus Christi outhit Frisco 5-2.

-The ‘Riders totaled all their hits and runs in the seventh inning.

-Frisco has not committed an error in four consecutive game, the team’s longest such streak of the season.

-The RoughRiders snapped a four-game losing streak, their longest of the season. The ‘Riders were the last team in the Texas League to avoid a four-game skid. Only Tulsa and Frisco have steered clear of the five-game losing streak in the Texas League this season.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-3, SO

The line may not show it, but it feels like Joey is on the verge of busting his current slump. Devenski made a great catch on a screamer back to the mound in the second inning.

 

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Nine Runs in the Ninth

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No need to split hairs here. A ninth inning of epic proportion is all there is to blame for the RoughRiders’ stunning loss to the Hooks on Friday. Click here to read the full game recap.

Here is a list of event in the ninth inning, batter-by-batter:

  1. Ruben Sosa: Single
  2. Delino DeShields, Jr.: Walk
  3. Jonathan Meyer: Two-RBI Single
  4. Andrew Aplin: Walk
  5. Telvin Nash: Hit-by-Pitch
  6. Carlos Perdomo: RBI Walk
  7. Tyler Heineman: RBI Sacrifice Fly (one out)
  8. M.P. Cokinos: Single
  9. Tony Kemp: RBI Hit-by-Pitch
  10. Ruben Sosa: RBI Double – Perdomo and Cokinos score
  11. Delino DeShields, Jr.: RBI Sacrifice Fly (two outs)
  12. Jonathan Meyer: RBI Single
  13. Andrew Aplin: Fielder’s Choice (three outs)

Star of the Game: LHP Martire Garcia - 3.0IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2SO

Welcome back, Martire! In his first game back at Dr Pepper Ballpark since April 8, the Dominican looked in control of his fastball/slider mix. A double play in the eighth inning helped Martire face one over the minimum through his three innings. He picked up right where starter Chi Chi Gonzalez left off. Gonzalez pitched a strong five innings and gave up only three hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

In case you missed it:

-The nine runs in the ninth inning are the most allowed in a single inning by the RoughRiders this season.

-Prior to the ninth inning, Frisco’s bullpen had allowed ten earned runs over its last 17 games.

-Game time temperature was south of 70 for the second night in a row (69 degrees at first pitch).

-The RoughRiders drew a season-high nine walks in the game.

-Gallo watch: 2-for-4, 2RBI, BB, 2SO

Joey emerged from a 1-for-18 streak at the plate with his first multi-hit game since July 7. Both were hard-hit ground balls (one up the box, the other bounced out of the glove of the first baseman Telvin Nash) as the lefty worked to put the ball in play and not necessarily drive it out of the park.

 

 

Fresh face Erik Hamren introduces himself to ‘Riders fans and shares a story or two from his big league time with the San Diego Padres and his dominant summer with the San Antonio Missions in 2011:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Soggy Weather, Soggy Game

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

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

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

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

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

In case you missed it:

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

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

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

-Gallo watch: 0-for-3, BB, 3SO

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

 

 

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

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Two Ways to Look at Series Split

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

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

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

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

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

In case you missed it:

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

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