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Saddle Up: Riders at San Antonio (8/26)

GAME #129 (2nd HALF GAME #60)

Frisco RoughRiders (60-68 overall, 22-37 2nd half) at San Antonio Missions (54-75 overall, 32-27 2nd half)
Friday, August 26 – 7:05 p.m.
Wolff Stadium – San Antonio, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (SA feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 4 of 4 (Missions lead 3-0)
This season: Game 32 of 32 (RoughRiders lead 18-13)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Connor Sadzeck (9-7, 4.40 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Thursday at San Antonio (L, 4-3 – 10 innings)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: LHP Joe Filomeno

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:

For the second straight night, the Riders fell 4-3 in 10 innings…Frisco took a 3-1 lead to the eighth, but the Missions collected five straight hits to open the inning, three off JEFRI HERNADNEZ and another pair off JOE FILOMENO to tie things up…With the bases loaded and no outs, Filomeno got out of the jam to keep the game tied…Filomeno and DAVID PEREZ got out of another jam in the ninth, with a runner at third and no outs, to keep the game tied at 3-3 and send the game to extra innings…Perez could not hold back San Antonio in the 10th, however, as the Missions put two in scoring position with one out, and Luis Tejada drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly…SCOTT CARROLL pitched well, taking no-decision, allowing just a run in 5 2/3 innings of work…ANDY IBANEZ smacked three hits, and JOE JACKSON reached safely three times as well.

TIGHTENING UP WITH SAN ANTONIO:

After winning the first eight games in the season-series with San Antonio, things have gotten much closer. Frisco has lost 13 of the last 23, and each of the last five series have been either splits or losses, including this current four-game set (0-3). In addition, 10 of the last 14 games in the series have been decided by two runs or fewer, including eighth one-run games and four extra-inning games. The Riders have dropped six straight to the Missions, the longest such losing streak for the club since 2010, when the Riders dropped eight straight games to the Missions 7/30-8/2 at home and 8/6-8/9 at San Antonio. All six of the losses on this losing streak have come at Wolff Stadium.

ALFARO COMPLETES ROAD TO THE SHOW:

Former RoughRiders catcher Jorge Alfaro (with Frisco in 2014-15) was recalled by the Philadelphia Phillies today. Alfaro missed a majority of last season with an injury before being dealt to the Phillies in the eight player trade for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman. Alfaro is the 147th former RoughRider to make the big leagues and eighth to make the show for the first time this season along with Nomar Mazara (2014-2015 with Frisco, debuted with Texas Rangers), Brett Nicholas (2013 with Frisco, Rangers), Cody Ege (2015 with Frisco, Miami Marlins), MATT BUSH (2016 with Frisco, Rangers), Jared Hoying (2012-2013 with Frisco, Rangers), Richard Bleier (2012-2013 with Frisco, New York Yankees), JOSE LECLERC (2015-2016 with Frisco, Rangers), and Jake Thompson (2014-2015 with Frisco, Phillies).

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!:

Frisco played its fourth extra-inning affair with San Antonio this year and the third in the last four games of the season-series. The Riders have lost all four. In fact, Frisco has lost its last five games that have gone to extra innings. Contrastingly, the Missions, who have played 20 extra-inning games, the most in the league, have won eight of their last nine extra-inning games and 13 overall.

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) and Fort Wayne (16).

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 series. Frisco is just 2-for-16 (.125) with runners in scoring position in the series, including 1-for-10 last night.

MAPLE LEAF MASHER:

Over the last 20 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 Friday. 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 ten games played in which he has hit .250 (8-for-32) with a double, five HR, and 14 RBI. Deglan, however, has not played in each of the last three games.

FOURTH-INNING FUN:

The Riders have had a lot of success in the fourth inning, both recently and over the course of the season. Frisco scored a total of 12 runs and held opponents scoreless in the fourth inning on the last homestand, including a six-run inning last Wednesday against Springfield and a five-run frame Saturday. This year, Frisco has outscored opponents 75-50 in the fourth, the largest positive run differential (+25) for the Riders in any single inning this season. The seventh inning has been Frisco’s worst (-36).

OPPOSING STARTER:

Left-handed pitcher Tim Berry makes his eighth start with San Antonio tonight and second against Frisco…In seven outings, he’s 1-3 with a 8.33 ERA and is coming off his first win of the year, tossing five innings of two-run ball against Northwest Arkansas…The Riders have tagged him to the tune of a 14.73 ERA (12 ER / 7.1 IP) in two starts…The San Diego native was signed by his hometown Padres on July 6 after being released by the Miami Marlins the previous day and made his Missions debut against the Riders on July 17…Berry was originally drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 50th round of the 2009 draft… He was added to the Orioles 40-man roster in 2014 and was recalled on June 6, but he did not pitch and was optioned back to Double-A Bowie the following day…Despite appearing on a Major League 25-man roster, Berry has never pitched above the Double-A level in the Minors…After signing with the Padres, he made two starts with Class A-Short Season Tri-City before joining San Antonio…Berry signed with the Orioles out of San Marcos High School in California, bypassing a scholarship to play college baseball at the University of Oregon.

Saddle Up: Riders at San Antonio (8/25)

GAME #128 (2nd HALF GAME #59)

Frisco RoughRiders (60-67 overall, 22-36 2nd half) at San Antonio Missions (53-75 overall, 31-27 2nd half)
Thursday, August 25 – 7:05 p.m.
Wolff Stadium – San Antonio, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (SA 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 (Missions lead 2-0)
This season: Game 31 of 32 (RoughRiders lead 18-12)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Scott Carroll (1-1, 4.29 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Wednesday at San Antonio (L, 4-3 – 10 innings)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: C/1B Carson Blair

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
Rallying back from down 3-1, the Riders fell 4-3 in 10 innings on Wednesday night to the San Antonio Missions…Rangers rehabber COLBY LEWIS tossed 2 2/3 innings of one-run ball…JOE JACKSON homered off of Seth Simmons to tie the game in the fourth, but the Missions scored in the fourth and sixth to take a two-run lead…Down 3-1 in the ninth, the Riders rallied for a pair of runs off of closer Jimmy Brasoban to tie things up, but JUAN GRULLON allowed the winning run in the 10th on a two-out, two-strike single by Ryan Miller to end the ballgame.

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!: 
Frisco played its third extra-innings affair with San Antonio this year and the second in the last three games of the season series. The Riders have lost all three. In fact, Frisco has lost its last four games that have gone to extra innings. Contrastingly, the Missions, who have played 19 extra-innings games, the most in the league, have won seven of their last eight extra-innings games.

TIGHTENING UP WITH SAN ANTONIO:
After winning the first eight games in the season-series with San Antonio, things have gotten much closer. Frisco has lost 12 of the last 22, and each of the last four series have been splits or losses. In addition, nine of the last 13 games in the series have been decided by two runs or fewer, including seven one-run games and three extra-inning games.

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 (18), and Durham (18), and the club is tied with Beloit (16).

DUCKS ON THE POND:
Despite struggling to hit with runners in scoring position at times throughout the season, the RoughRiders performed very well of late. Despite going 1-for-6 in this series, Frisco has hit .308 (20-for-65) with runners in scoring position over the past eight games.

MAPLE LEAF MASHER:
Over the last 19 games, the Riders have hit 11 home runs as a team. Five of those have come off the bat of KELLIN DEGLAN, including a grand slam Friday. 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 ten games played in which he has hit .250 (8-for-32) with a double, five HR, and 14 RBI.

FOURTH-INNING FUN:
The Riders have had a lot of success in the fourth inning, both recently and over the course of the season. Frisco scored a total of 12 runs and held opponents scoreless in the fourth inning on the last homestand, including a six-run inning last Wednesday against Springfield and a five-run frame Saturday. This year, Frisco has outscored opponents 74-50 in the fourth, the largest positive run differential (+24) for the Riders in any single inning this season. The seventh inning has been Frisco’s worst (-37).

LEWIS BEGINS COMEBACK WITH FRISCO:
Rangers right-handed pitcher COLBY LEWIS began a Major League rehabilitation assignment the RoughRiders last night, 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. 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 becomes 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.

OPPOSING STARTER:
A second-year professional, southpaw Jerry Keel makes the start for the Missions today in his Double-A debut after yesterday’s promotion. Pitching at his third different level, Keel gets the jump to San Antonio after four pedestrian starts for Class A-Advanced Lake Elsinore, going 2-2 with a 6.14 ERA. He was, however, outstanding with Class-A Fort Wayne in the Midwest League where his 2.97 ERA there would be sixth if he qualified. He made nine starts and 16 relief outings for the Tin Caps…Keel, 22, hails from Lancaster, California, home of the Astros Class A-Advanced affiliate, and played his college ball at Cal State-Northridge in Los Angeles after graduating from Palmdale High School… Keel was a three-year varsity starting pitcher for the Falcons of Palmdale, helping his team to the Cecil Fielder World Series Championship in 2010, where he was named the Most Valuable Pitcher and the R.B.I. World Series Championship in 2011. As a senior in 2011, he led the league with a 1.32 ERA and 101 strikeouts and was also named to the All-CIF Southern Section Team. In college, Keel was Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year and a Freshman All-American…His 2.75 ERA as a collegiate is eight-best in Northridge history, and he logged the most innings (370.1 IP) in school history…The Padres selected Keel in the ninth round of the 2015 draft after his senior season with the Matadors.

 

Saddle Up: Riders at San Antonio (8/24)

GAME #127 (2nd HALF GAME #58)

Frisco RoughRiders (60-66 overall, 22-35 2nd half) at San Antonio Missions (52-75 overall, 30-27 2nd half)
Wednesday, August 24 – 7:05 p.m.
Wolff Stadium – San Antonio, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (SA 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 (Missions lead 1-0)
This season: Game 30 of 32 (RoughRiders lead 18-11)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Colby Lewis (0-0, -.– ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Tuesday at San Antonio (L, 6-0)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Missions broadcaster Mike Saeger

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The Riders were blanked 6-0 by the San Antonio Missions last night…The club mustered just one runner into scoring position, coming on an infield single and an error, allowing ANDY IBANEZ to reach second base with two outs in the fourth…Frisco hit into two double plays, leaving just two of its four runners on base…Meanwhile, San Antonio’s Gabriel Quintana had himself a career night, going 3-for-3 with a homer, double, and a walk, and he collected a career-high six RBI…Former big leaguer Daniel McCutchen (7 IP), Michael Dimock (1 IP), and Trey McNutt (1 IP) tossed the three-hit shutout, marking the lowest hit total for the Riders in almost two weeks (2 hits, August 11 at Springfield)…REED GARRETT allowed six runs, all earned, in four innings, but the bullpen worked four scoreless innings: RYAN LEDBETTER tossed two, FRANK LOPEZ fired one, and RICHELSON PENA threw another…The Riders combined to throw 14 strikeouts while walking just two.

NOTHING BUT GOOSE EGGS:
Yesterday’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 (18), and Durham (18), and the club is tied with Beloit (16).

TIGHTENING UP WITH SAN ANTONIO:
After winning the first eight games in the season-series with San Antonio, things have gotten much closer. Frisco has won 10 of the last 21, but each of the last four series have been splits or losses. In addition, eight of the last 12 games in the series have been decided by two runs or fewer, including six one-run games.

DUCKS ON THE POND:
Despite struggling to hit with runners in scoring position at times throughout the season, the RoughRiders performed very well on the recent homestand. As a team, Frisco has hit .322 (19-for-59) with runners in scoring position over the past six games against Springfield and Tulsa. Frisco went 0-for-1 with runners in scoring position last night.

MAPLE LEAF MASHER:
Over the last 18 games, the Riders have hit 10 home runs as a team. Five of those have come off the bat of KELLIN DEGLAN, including a grand slam Friday. 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 ten games played in which he has hit .250 (8-for-32) with a double, five HR, and 14 RBI.

FOURTH-INNING FUN:
The Riders have had a lot of success in the fourth inning, both recently and over the course of the season. Frisco scored a total of 12 runs and held opponents scoreless in the fourth inning on the last homestand, including a six-run inning Wednesday against Springfield and a five-run frame yesterday. This year, Frisco has outscored opponents 73-49 in the fourth, the largest positive run differential (+24) for the Riders in any single inning this season. The seventh inning has been Frisco’s worst (-37).

POWERED BY PINTO:
After joining the team on the last road trip and getting off to a great start, Riders outfielder EDUARD PINTO kept the mojo going at home. Despite losing a seven-game hitting streak last night, Pinto is hitting .359 (23-for-64) in his first 17 games at the Double-A level, with four doubles and nine RBI. He has also reached safely in 14 of the 17 games and had six multi-hit games, including a three-hit contest and two four-hit games. For his career, Pinto is averaging a multi-hit game exactly once every in three contests (113 in 340 career games).

LEWIS BEGINS COMEBACK WITH FRISCO:
Rangers right-handed pitcher COLBY LEWIS begins a Major League rehabilitation assignment the RoughRiders tonight, and he is scheduled to throw three innings or 45 pitches. Lewis is recovering from a strained right lat muscle. 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 becomes 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.

OPPOSING STARTER:
The RoughRiders face 28-year-old righty Seth Simmons tonight…Simmons is making his 17th appearance and 12th start for the Missions after being signed by the Padres as a free agent on May 24…Simmons, the former Diamondbacks farmhand who began the season with Triple-A Reno, was released by Arizona on May 20 and assigned to San Antonio upon joining the San Diego organization…Although, the Riders hit Simmons well on July 31 (6 IP, 10H, 4ER), the right-hander has dazzled thus far in the Texas League with a 2-3 record and a 1.97 ERA…He’s also the reigning Texas League Pitcher of the Week…The sixth-year pro made the first start of his Minor League career on June 17 at Midland…After one more relief appearance four days later, Simmons permanently joined San Antonio’s rotation and is now making his 12th straight start…In only one of his 11 starts has Simmons allowed more than three runs as a member of the Padres organization…The Winston-Salem, North Carolina native was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 40th round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of East Carolina University…REPERTOIRE: Fastball (low 90s), slider (low-to-mid 80s), slurve (mid-to-upper 70s).

Saddle Up: Riders at San Antonio (8/23)

GAME #126 (2nd HALF GAME #57)

Frisco RoughRiders (60-65 overall, 22-34 2nd half) at San Antonio Missions (51-75 overall, 29-27 2nd half)
Tuesday, August 23 – 7:05 p.m.
Wolff Stadium – San Antonio, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (SA feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 1 of 4
This season: Game 29 of 32 (RoughRiders lead 18-10)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Reed Garrett (3-5, 4.71 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Sunday vs. Tulsa (W, 4-3)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: OF Joe Jackson

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
Behind six strong innings from JACK SNODGRASS, the RoughRiders closed out a series victory over Tulsa with a 4-3 win Sunday night at Dr Pepper Ballpark…Snodgrass turned in his third quality start with the Riders and held the Drillers hitless for the first 4 1/3 innings…The Riders finally broke through with four runs in the sixth inning…JOE JACKSON’s two-run double put Frisco ahead 2-1, and ANDY IBANEZ swatted the next pitch over the left field wall to build a 4-1 cushion…Tulsa scored two unearned runs against the Riders’ bullpen, but JOE FILOMENO worked around a one-out single in the ninth to earn his fourth save with Frisco.

TIGHTENING UP WITH SAN ANTONIO:
After winning the first eight games in the season-series with San Antonio, things have gotten much closer. Frisco has still won 10 of the last 20, but each of the last four series have been splits or losses. In addition, eight of the last 11 games in the series have been decided by two runs or fewer, including six one-run games.

GARRETT IN A GROOVE:
Since returning from a short stint with Class A-Advanced High Desert, today’s starter REED GARRETT has looked like a completely different pitcher. Over the past three starts, Garrett’s posted a 2.12 ERA, lowering his season ERA from 5.40 to 4.71. In addition, he has allowed no more than three runs in any of his three starts back with Frisco. He finally cracked through with his first win with the Riders since June 7 in his last start Wednesday against Springfield, going six innings without allowing an earned run. It was his second quality start since returning from High Desert.

DUCKS ON THE POND:
Despite struggling to hit with runners in scoring position at times throughout the season, the RoughRiders performed very well on the recent homestand. As a team, Frisco has hit .322 (19-for-59) with runners in scoring position over the past six games against Springfield and Tulsa. The Riders had six hits with RISP in Wednesday’s win over Springfield and went 5-for-10 in Friday’s 9-0 victory against Tulsa.

MAPLE LEAF MASHER:
Over the last 17 games, the Riders have hit 10 home runs as a team. Five of those have come off the bat of KELLIN DEGLAN, including a grand slam Friday. 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 nine games played in which he has hit .276 (8-for-29) with a double, five HR, and 14 RBI.

FOURTH-INNING FUN:
The Riders have had a lot of success in the fourth inning, both recently and over the course of the season. Frisco scored a total of 12 runs and held opponents scoreless in the fourth inning on the last homestand, including a six-run inning Wednesday against Springfield and a five-run frame yesterday. This year, Frisco has outscored opponents 73-49 in the fourth, the largest positive run differential (+24) for the Riders in any single inning this season. The seventh inning has been Frisco’s worst (-37).

POWERED BY PINTO:
After joining the team on the last road trip and getting off to a great start, Riders outfielder EDUARD PINTO kept the mojo going at home. He is hitting .383 (23-for-60) in his first 16 games at the Double-A level, with four doubles and nine RBI. He has also reached safely in 14 of the 16 games and had six multi-hit games, including a three-hit contest and two four-hit games. For his career, Pinto is averaging a multi-hit game exactly once every in three contests (113 in 339 career games).

SCHEPPERS SADDLES UP WITH RIDERS:
Rangers right-handed pitcher TANNER SCHEPPERS began a Major League rehabilitation assignment with the RoughRiders on Tuesday, working one scoreless inning. He started Saturday’s game and allowed one run on one hit in another inning of work. Scheppers had missed all of the 2016 season with torn articular cartilage in his left knee, an injury suffered in February. He has pitched with the Rangers each of the last four seasons, combining for a 11-5 record and a 4.17 ERA in 165 career outings. The righty pitched with the Riders in 2010 and 2011 as a minor leaguer and is on his fifth rehab assignment with the club, all coming in the last three seasons. He becomes the eighth rehabber to suit up with Frisco this season, joining pitchers YU DARVISHA.J. GRIFFIN, and KEONE KELA, catchers CHRIS GIMENEZ and ROBINSON CHIRINOS, plus outfielders JOSH HAMILTON and SHIN-SOO CHOO.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Righty Daniel McCutchen takes the mound for his first start with San Antonio …The McKinney, Texas native is in his 11th professional season and sixth different organization…He spent parts of five seasons in the big leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates (2009-2012) and Texas Rangers (2014)…McCutchen spent two days on the RoughRiders roster in 2014 after he was optioned to Frisco on April 5, but he was recalled by the Rangers on April 7 and did not make an appearance in the Texas League…McCutchen was selected by the New York Yankees in the 13th round of the 2006 MLB Draft out of the University of Oklahoma…He was traded from New York to Pittsburgh along with Jose Tabata, Ross Ohlendorf, and Jeff Karstens for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte on July 26, 2008…McCutchen made his Major League debut with the Pirates on August 31, 2009… The righty signed a minor league contract with San Deigo on November 18, 2015 and began the season with Triple-A El Paso, transferred to San Antonio Saturday)…REPERTOIRE: Four-seam fastball (low-to-mid 90s), splitter (mid 80s), slider (mid-to-high 80s), sinker (low 90s).

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 at San Antonio (8/4)

GAME #110 (2nd HALF GAME #41)

Frisco RoughRiders (54-55 overall, 16-24 2nd half) at San Antonio Missions (41-69 overall, 19-21 2nd half)
Thursday, August 4 – 7:05 p.m.
Nelson W. Wolff Municipal 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 1 of 4
This season: Game 25 of 32 (Riders 17-7)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

LHP Jack Snodgrass (0-0, -.– ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Wednesday vs. Midland (W, 10-4)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW:

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders came back from down 2-0 and 3-1 over the first three innings before scoring six runs in the fifth to move ahead for good and beat the Midland RockHounds 10-4 in the series finale on Wednesday night…KELLIN DEGLANmashed two homers, JOE JACKSON knocked in four runs, and ISIAH KINER-FALEFA scored three times in the win…Starter CONNOR SADZECK battled through four innings, allowing three runs, while RICHELSON PENA worked five innings, not allowing a run until the ninth for the win.

BACKS AGAINST THE WALL:
With 30 games left, the Riders face a tremendous uphill battle for a postseason spot. If Midland goes .500 the rest of the way, the Riders would need to 26-4 the rest of the way to overtake them for the division title. If Corpus Christi rallies back and wins the division, the Riders still would have to make up a current 5.5 game defict in the overall season standings back of Midland. The good news is that Frisco still plays six more games against the RockHounds this season.

ALL ABOARD THE “E-TRAIN”:
The RoughRiders had four players promoted to Triple-A Round Rock yesterday. Infielder RONALD GUZMAN hit a homer and an RBI double in his Triple-A debut last night. Pitchers YOHANDER MENDEZJOHN FASOLA, and JOSE VALDESPINA all went up as well. Each of the three pitchers have spent limited time with Round Rock this season, while Guzman joined the Express for the first time in his career. In corresponding moves, the Riders activated pitcher JACK SNODGRASS who starts today, received outfielder CARLOS ARROYO, and pitchers SCOTT CARROLL and JUAN GRULLON (Round Rock). Additionally, pitcher REED GARRETT rejoined the squad from Class A-Advanced High Desert, and RYAN CORDELL was placed on the 7-day disabled list.

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 Tuesday. Brinson was assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs, going 4-for-4 in his Sky Sox debut on Tuesday and hitting a grand slam last night.

MARVELOUS MARTE:
Riders shortstop LUIS MARTE continues to swing at a torrid rate the last few weeks. Last night, he notched his 13th multi-hit game of the season. He now has hits in 14 of his last 16 games, and 10 of those are mutli-hit affairs. Marte’s .453 average since July 19 leads all full-season minor leaguers and is fourth among all minor leaguers.

DEALING OUT DINGERS:
The Riders haven’t allowed a homer in four straight games. However, they recently had a stretch with homers allowed in 10 of 11 games. Over the last 15 games, Frisco pitching has allowed home runs in 10 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 15-game stretch.  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 (100) 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 six RoughRiders ranked in the Top 30 from the Rangers farm system, and three are in the Top 10. ANDY IBANEZ (3) 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 former RoughRider YOHANDER MENDEZ came in at No. 67. LEWIS BRINSON (21) and LUIS ORTIZ (63), traded to Milwakee on Monday, were also ranked in the top 100.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Michael Kelly was a supplemental first round pick of the Padres in June, 2011. He signed with scout Willie Bosque, for a bonus of $718,000 just 20 minutes before the August 15 deadline, turning down a baseball scholarship to the University of Florida… Kelly has an 89-92 mph 2-seam sinking FASTBALL, a 90-96 mph 4-seamer, a 75-77 mph CURVEBALL and a 77-79 mph CHANGEUP…He makes his eighth start of the season for San Antonio today and his first since coming back from Triple-A El Paso on July 31 where he was 6-1 with a 4.54 ERA.

Saddle Up: Riders vs. San Antonio (7/20)

GAME #95 (2nd HALF GAME #26)

Frisco RoughRiders (49-45 overall, 11-14 2nd half) vs. San Antonio Missions (33-62 overall, 11-14 second half)
Wednesday, July 20 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Ryan Rouillard)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Barnett and Rouillard)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 4 of 4 (Riders lead 2-1)
This season: Game 20 of 32 (Riders lead 15-4)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Connor Sadzeck (9-2, 3.09 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Tuesday vs. San Antonio (W, 4-2)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: LHP Frank Lopez

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the RoughRiders scored four unanswered runs the rest of the way to earn a 4-2 win over San Antonio…LEWIS BRINSON and LUIS MARTE each homered in the victory, with Marte’s big fly putting the Riders ahead for good in the fifth inning…RONALD GUZMAN and ISIAH KINER-FALEFA each extended their on-base streaks to 18 games…FRANK LOPEZ turned in his second-straight quality start, working six innings while allowing two runs on seven hits…JOE FILOMENO and JOHN FASOLA combined to work three scoreless innings out of the bullpen to finish off Frisco’s fifth win in six games.

SMOKING SAN ANTONIO:
The RoughRiders have dominated this year’s season series against the Missions so far. Frisco has won 15 of the first 19 matchups between the two clubs, outscoring San Antonio 103-70 (5.4-3.7 runs per game). The Riders began this year’s matchups by sweeping the Missions in two straight four-game series. Frisco’s pitching staff has held San Antonio to a .237 batting average while posting an impressive 42-to-176 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

AWARD-WINNING RIDERS:
Monday, the Texas Rangers announced that VICTOR PAYANO has been named the Rangers Minor League Pitcher of the Month. In the month of June, Payano posted a 1-2 record with a 2.77 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 26.0 innings pitched. Additionally, Riders infielder ALBERTO TRIUNFEL was named Defender of the Month after committing just one error in June, splitting time at shortstop and third base. Former Riders pitcher CODY PALMQUIST, who is now with Class A-Advanced High Desert, was named Reliever of the Month.

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 .302 in his first 17 games this month after combining to hit .260 in the first three months. He has hits in 14 of the 17 games and holds a .375 on-base percentage since the calendar turned. Jackson’s RBI single last night marked his fourth-straight game with an RBI. The first-year Double-A player struggled to earn regular playing time early, but got an opportunity after LEWIS BRINSON went on the DL. Jackson is also getting more experience in the outfield, having played 22 of his last 28 games in the grass after DH’ing most of 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 16 home runs in the past two series, including 11 in last weekend’s set against Northwest Arkansas. The RoughRiders have two homers in the first three games of this series, with two coming last night. Frisco has 20 homers in the last 11 games with homers in nine of those 11. After hitting just one in the previous 11, Frisco currently leads the Texas League with 21 July homers, two better than Springfield (19).

KINER KEEPS GETTING 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 18 straight games, a season-long. He has hits in 15 of those games and has reached safely in 29 of his 74 plate appearances, a .392 OBP in that span (18 hits, nine walks, two HBP). Kiner-Falefa has an on-base percentage of .360 this season, which ranks second on the team behind RONALD GUZMAN (.365).

BECK BACK ON THE LEADERBOARD:
Riders outfielder PRESTON BECK recently re-qualified for the league batting race and checks in sixth with his .289 average. The Dallas-native is currently on a four-game hitting streak which includes three multi-hit games and four of seven hits going for extra bases (three doubles, one triple). Beck is third on the team in multi-hit games (18) and fourth in extra-base hits (25).

HITS DON’T NECESSARILY EQUAL WINS:
The RoughRiders won last night, while outhitting San Antonio 9-8. Oddly enough, that’s been a rarity in Riders games lately. The winning team has been outhit in five of the last seven games and six of the past 12 contests, including each of the first two games in this series.

GETTING POSITIVE AGAIN: 
Outscoring opponents 37-17 over the last five games, the Riders now have a 399-394 advantage in run differential this season. Until recently, Frisco had possessed a positive run differential all season but fell into the negatives for 13 games. The best mark for the club was +64 after May 23.

OPPOSING STARTER:
The RoughRiders face 25-year-old Kyle Lloyd for the fifth time this year in the series finale tonight. He’s 0-0 with a 4.66 ERA across 9 2/3 innings against Frisco so far. Last time the Riders saw Lloyd on May 20, he was making his first start of the season after 10 relief outings to begin the campaign. The Missions have kept him in the rotation and he has been a reliable arm for San Antonio. Lloyd has delivered four quality starts, including each of his last three outings. He has also been better about keeping the ball in the park, having gone 39 2/3 innings without allowing a long ball after surrendering six roundtrippers in his first 35 2/3 frames. Drafted in the 29th round of the 2013 Draft out of the University of Evansville, the fourth-year pro’s strongest pitch is a split-fingered fastball (low 90s).

Saddle Up: Riders vs. San Antonio (7/19)

GAME #94 (2nd HALF GAME #25)

Frisco RoughRiders (48-45 overall, 10-14 2nd half) vs. San Antonio Missions (33-61 overall, 11-13 second half)
Tuesday, July 19 – 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 3 of 4 (Series tied 1-1)
This season: Game 19 of 32 (Riders lead 14-4)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

LHP Frank Lopez (4-4, 5.09 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Monday vs. San Antonio (L, 4-3)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: LHP Yohander Mendez

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
Despite an impressive start from YOHANDER MENDEZ, the RoughRiders came up short in game two against San Antonio by a score of 4-3…Mendez was perfect through his first 4 2/3 innings and gave up his only three runs on a triple by Jose Rondon in the sixth that put San Antonio up 3-2…Rondon came around to score on the play thanks to one of three errors byRONALD GUZMAN in the game…The Missions capitialized on another miscue in the ninth to add an insurance run, proving important when the Riders tacked on a run in the ninth on a double from JOE JACKSON…The two teams combined for just nine hits, with the Riders collecting five of them.

SMOKING SAN ANTONIO:
The RoughRiders have dominated this year’s season series against the Missions so far. Frisco has won 14 of the first 18 matchups between the two clubs, outscoring San Antonio 99-68 (5.5-3.8 runs per game). The Riders began this year’s matchups by sweeping the Missions in two straight four-game series. Frisco’s pitching staff has held San Antonio to a .237 batting average while posting an impressive 40-to-167 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

AWARD-WINNING RIDERS:
Monday, the Texas Rangers announced that VICTOR PAYANO has been named the Rangers Minor League Pitcher of the Month. In the month of June, Payano posted a 1-2 record with a 2.77 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 26.0 innings pitched. Additionally, Riders infielder ALBERTO TRIUNFEL was named Defender of the Month after committing just one error in June, splitting time at shortstop and third base. Former Riders pitcher CODY PALMQUIST, who is now with Class A-Advanced High Desert, was named Reliever of the Month.

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 .305 in his first 16 games this month after combining to hit .260 in the first three months. He has hits in 13 of the 16 games and holds a .382 on-base percentage since the calendar turned. The first-year Double-A player struggled to earn regular playing time early, but got an opportunity after LEWIS BRINSON went on the DL. Jackson is also getting more experience in the outfield, having played 22 of his last 27 games in the grass after DH’ing most of 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 16 home runs in the past two series, including 11 in last weekend’s set against Northwest Arkansas, and added one more Sunday against San Antonio. Frisco has 18 homers in the last 10 games with homers in eight of those 10. After hitting just one in the previous 11. Frisco currently leads the Texas League with 19 July homers, one better than Springfield (18).

KINER KEEPS GETTING 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 17 straight games, a season-long. He has hits in 14 of those games and has reached safely in 28 of his 71 plate appearances, a .394 OBP in that span (17 hits, nine walks, two HBP). Kiner-Falefa has an on-base percentage of .360 this season, which ranks second on the team behind RONALD GUZMAN (.360).

BECK BACK ON THE LEADERBOARD:
Riders outfielder PRESTON BECK recently re-qualified for the league batting race and checks in fifth with his .290 average. The Dallas-native has two hits in each of his last three games and is third on the team with 18 multi-hit games overall.

SLACK BACK ON TRACK:
Reliever RYNE SLACK is in the midst of a roller coaster season. He has currently worked five consecutive scoreless outings, covering 7 1/3 innings of work. The southpaw started the season with nine straight scoreless outings (14.1 IP), garnering Rangers Minor League Reliever of the Month in April for his work. However, Slack allowed 15 runs in his next 10 appearances (10.1 IP) before this more recent promising run.

GETTING POSITIVE AGAIN: 
Outscoring opponents 33-15 over the last four games, the Riders now have a 395-392 advantage in run differential this season. Until recently, Frisco had possessed a positive run differential all season but fell into the negatives for 13 games. The best mark for the club was +64 after May 23.

OPPOSING STARTER:
22-year-old righty Walker Lockett makes his Double-A debut tonight against the RoughRiders. Now in his fifth year as a professional, Lockett has started each of the last three seasons with Class-A Fort Wayne, but was limited by injuries in 2013 and 2014. This year, he made eight starts for the TinCaps before earning his first promotion to Class A-Advanced Lake Elsinore. He maintained a 2.98 ERA across 11 appearances in the hitter-friendly California League, allowing just three home runs in 66 1/3 innings. After starting his career with a mediocre walk-to-strikeout ratio of 19:17 (13:2 in 2014) during the first three years of his career, he has since righted the ship the last two seasons. He has struck out 155 hitters against just 40 walks in that span. San Diego took Lockett in the fourth round (135th overall) in the 2012 draft out of Providence School of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida. He passed up a scholarship to the University of South Florida to sign with San Diego. He works with a fastball, curveball, and changeup.

Saddle Up: Riders at San Antonio (6/10/16)

GAME #58
Frisco RoughRiders (33-24) at San Antonio Missions (19-39)
Friday, June 10 – 7:05 p.m.
Nelson W. Wolff Municipal 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 4 of 4 (Missions lead, 2-1)
This season: Game 16 of 32 (Riders lead, 12-3)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Shin-Soo Choo – RF
  2. Ryan Cordell – CF
  3. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  4. Evan Van Hoosier – 3B
  5. Joe Jackson – DH
  6. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  7. Luis Mendez – SS
  8. Kellin Deglan – C
  9. Chris Garia – LF

LHP Yohander Mendez (2-0, 3.60 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Thursday at San Antonio (L, 4-0)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Rangers Minor League Hitting Coordinator Josue Perez

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders were shut out 4-0 on Thursday night by the San Antonio Missions…The Riders were 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position, and although the Missions were just 1-for-10, San Antonio mustered two early runs and plated a pair in the seventh against JOE FILOMENO…Major League rehabber A.J. GRIFFIN tossed 2 1/3 innings of one-run ball in his first rehab start, striking out three batters…SHIN-SOO CHOO was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk and was left on at third three times in the contest…The Riders now need a win to secure a series split against San Antonio…The shutout loss was the team’s seventh and fifth in the last 14 games.

THE RISE AT THE WOLFF:
Coming into Wednesday, the Riders were 5-0 at Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium and 12-1 against the Missions this season. Frisco has lost the last two nights by a combined score or 15-2, helping San Antonio to its fourth stretch of consecutive wins this year. The Missions have won three in-a-row only once this year.

RANGERS ON REHAB:
SHIN-SOO CHOO and ROBINSON CHIRINOS rejoined the RoughRiders on Wednesday, and Chirinos was activated by the Texas Rangers yesterday. Chirinos finished 0-for-9 with Frisco. A.J. GRIFFIN made his first rehab start last night, coming back from shoulder stiffness. Choo continues with the Riders tonight, making his fifth start as a Rider and sixth start in his rehab stint (one came with Round Rock on Monday).

LOOKING UP FOR THE FIRST TIME:
Ahead in the South Division race for much of the first half, the Riders have been in second place for the fist time this season over the last nine days. The current 3.5-game deficit is the largest that the club has faced all year. They shared the top spot with Corpus Christi and Midland on the first day of the year but held sole possession of first place for the next 54 days. The Riders still have a chance to control their own fate in the South Division though, with five remaining first-half matchups against the Hooks and six more against third-place Midland.

ALL KINDS OF CLOSE CALLS:
The RoughRiders have consistently found themselves in close games over the last few weeks. Nine of the last 14 games (3-11) have been decided by three runs or fewer, including four one-run games. On the season, 41 of Frisco’s 57 games have been decided by three or fewer, and the Riders have played in 19 one-run games (11-8), two behind league leading Arkansas (6-15).

BECK BUSTING OUT:
Riders outfielder PRESTON BECK has become a key contributor for the Riders over the last few weeks. Beck has reached base in 19 of his last 20 games and had his 14-game on-base streak snapped Wednesday vs. Tulsa. In that stretch, he had a six- and seven-game hit streak. Over his last 20 games, Beck is hitting .347 (fourth-best in the Texas League), with two doubles, two triples, two home runs, and nine RBI. He also sports a .397 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .514 in that span.

TRIO OF RIDERS EARN MONTHLY HONORS:
On May 19, three Riders were awarded monthly honors by the Rangers. RYAN CORDELL earned Player of the Month honors, while ISIAH KINER-FALEFA was named Defender of the Month. Left-hander RYNE SLACK garnered the Reliever of the Month award.

ROARING RONALD GUZMAN:
Riders first baseman RONALD GUZMAN has gotten off to a  torrid start this season, most recently accentuated by his 3-for-4 performance Friday vs. Springfield. The slugger put together the first two-homer game of his career two weekends ago in Springfield, and his season-high nine game hitting streak ended last Sunday. During the run, Guzman hit .400 (14-for-35) with five extra-base hits (2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR) and 3 RBI. Guzman leads the team with 19 multi-hit games in 2016, his first year at the Double-A level. He homered in game one of the current series in San Antonio.

VIEW FROM THE TOP:
Frisco outfielder RYAN CORDELL has been one of the best offensive players in the league thus far. In addition to an impressive league-best 37-game on-base streak earlier this year, he also leads the Texas League in numerous categories. The Riders outfielder tops the Texas League in RBI (42) and extra-base hits (28). Cordell is also on the leaderboard in runs (T-2nd, 40), batting average (6th, .300), home runs (T-5th, 10), slugging percentage (3rd, .548), and doubles (T-3rd, 14).

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate with a winning record. Among full-season affiliates, the Rangers farm system is 135-99 (.577). Every full-season affiliate in the organization has a record above .500, as Class A-Advanced High Desert enters the day at 37-23, Class A Hickory is 34-25, and Triple-A Round Rock is 31-27. Round Rock was ranked the fifth-best Minor League team (any level) by MLB.com’s Jim Callis earlier this season.

TOP OF THE CLASS:
The RoughRiders roster includes nine players ranked on either the MLBPipeline.com and/or Baseball America Rangers Top 30 Prospects list. LEWIS BRINSON, the No. 2 prospect in the Texas 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. LUIS ORTIZ (No. 4 in MLBPipeline.com, No. 4 in BA) is the highest-ranked pitching prospect on the squad. Aside from Brinson and Ortiz, YOHANDER MENDEZ (13, 24), RYAN CORDELL (14, 11),ANDY IBANEZ (15, 8), EVAN VAN HOOSIER (18, 23),RONALD GUZMAN (22, 29), SAM WOLFF (26, NR), and CONNOR SADZECK (27, 26) rank among Texas’ top 30 prospects.

OPPOSING STARTER:
The Padres signed Dinelson Lamet out of the Dominican Republic for $100,000 in July, 2015. He was 21 years old, 4 or 5 years older than the usual prospect…In 2015, Dinelson was among the Midwest League leaders with 120 strikeouts…Tonight, he makes his Double-A debut after a great start with High-A Lake Elsinore, going 7-1 in 12 games with a 2.35 ERA…He entered the season as the 17th-best prospect in the Padres organization according to the Baseball America Prospect Handbook and is currently ranked number 10 by MLBPipeline.com…The righthander works with a 90-97 mph FASTBALL, a CURVEBALL and a CHANGEUP.

Saddle Up: Riders at San Antonio (6/9/16)

GAME #57
Frisco RoughRiders (33-23) at San Antonio Missions (18-39)
Thursday, June 9 – 7:05 p.m.
Nelson W. Wolff Municipal 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 (Series tied, 1-1)
This season: Game 15 of 32 (Riders lead, 12-2)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Shin-Soo Choo – DH
  2. Lewis Brinson – CF
  3. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  4. Ryan Cordell – LF
  5. Preston Beck – RF
  6. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  7. Luis Mendez – 3B
  8. Kellin Deglan – C
  9. Alberto Triunfel – SS

RHP A.J. Griffin (0-0, -.– ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Wednesday at San Antonio (L, 11-2)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: OF Chris Garia

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders suffered their largest margin of defeat this season, dropping 11-2 on Wednesday to the San Antonio Missions…Ahead 4-2 in the seventh, the Missions scored seven runs on seven hits in the inning to pull ahead by the final score…Frisco committed three errors, leading to three unearned runs and mustered two runs on a homer by LEWIS BRINSON and a groundout by ANDY IBANEZ…The loss also put the Riders 2.5 games behind the Hooks for first place in the South.

HAVING A SHORT MEMORY:
The RoughRiders look to bounce back from their worst loss of the season suffered Wednesday. The 11 runs and 13 hits were both season-highs allowed by Riders pitching. The nine-run defeat was the largest margin of defeat, and the seven runs allowed in the seventh inning last night were the most allowed in a single frame this year, passing a five-run inning allowed to San Antonio on May 4.

THE RISE AT THE WOLFF:
Coming into Wednesday, the Riders were 5-0 at Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium and 12-1 against the Missions this season. The loss last night snapped the perfect record in San Antonio’s own building and a four-game win streak over the Missions.

RANGERS ON REHAB:
SHIN-SOO CHOO and the ROBINSON CHIRINOS rejoined the RoughRiders yesterday, and Chirinos was activated by the Texas Rangers today. Chirinos finished 0-for-9 with Frisco, including 0-for-4 last night. Today, the Riders are joined by A.J. GRIFFIN, who makes his first rehab start, coming back from shoulder stiffness. Griffin is expected to throw 45-50 pitches and will likely be relieved by Sam Wolff (for notes on Griffin, see the back of the Game Notes).

LOOKING UP FOR THE FIRST TIME:
With Frisco’s recent eight-game losing streak and Corpus Christi’s four-game win streak, the Riders have been sitting in second place in the South Division for the first time all season over the past eight days. They shared the top spot with Corpus Christi and Midland on the first day of the year but held sole possession of first place for the next 54 days. The Riders still have a chance to control their own fate in the South Division though, with five remaining first-half matchups against the Hooks and six more against third-place Midland. The current 2.5-game deficit in the South Division is the largest faced by Frisco this season.

ALL KINDS OF CLOSE CALLS:
The RoughRiders have consistently found themselves in close games over the last few weeks. Nine of the last 13 games (3-10) have been decided by three runs or fewer, including four one-run games. On the season, 41 of Frisco’s 56 games have been decided by three or fewer, and the Riders have played in 19 one-run games (11-8), one behind league leading Corpus Christi (13-7) and Midland (12-8).

BECK BUSTING OUT:
Riders outfielder PRESTON BECK has become a key contributor for the Riders over the last few weeks. Beck has reached base in 18 of his last 19 games and had his 14-game on-base streak snapped Wednesday vs. Tulsa. In that stretch, he had a six- and seven-game hit streak. Over his last 19 games, Beck is hitting .353 (fourth-best in the Texas League), with two doubles, two triples, two home runs, and nine RBI. He also sports a .405 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .529 in that span.

TRIO OF RIDERS EARN MONTHLY HONORS:
On May 19, three Riders were awarded monthly honors by the Rangers. RYAN CORDELL earned Player of the Month honors, while ISIAH KINER-FALEFA was named Defender of the Month. Left-hander RYNE SLACK garnered the Reliever of the Month award.

ROARING RONALD GUZMAN:
Riders first baseman RONALD GUZMAN has gotten off to a  torrid start this season, most recently accentuated by his 3-for-4 performance Friday vs. Springfield. The slugger put together the first two-homer game of his career two weekends ago in Springfield, and his season-high nine game hitting streak ended last Sunday. During the run, Guzman hit .400 (14-for-35) with five extra-base hits (2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR) and 3 RBI. Guzman leads the team with 19 multi-hit games in 2016, his first year at the Double-A level. He homered in game one of the current series in San Antonio.

VIEW FROM THE TOP:
Frisco outfielder RYAN CORDELL has been one of the best offensive players in the league thus far. In addition to an impressive league-best 37-game on-base streak earlier this year, he also leads the Texas League in numerous categories. The Riders outfielder tops the Texas League in RBI (42) and extra-base hits (28). Cordell is also on the leaderboard in runs (T-2nd, 40), batting average (5th, .306), home runs (T-5th, 10), slugging percentage (3rd, .558), and doubles (3rd, 14).

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate with a winning record. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 132-98 (.574), which is the third-best winning percentage among all Minor League systems behind Cleveland and New York (AL). Every full-season affiliate in the organization has a record above .500, as Class A-Advanced High Desert enters the day at 36-23, Class A Hickory is 33-25, and Triple-A Round Rock is 30-27. Round Rock was ranked the fifth-best Minor League team (any level) by MLB.com’s Jim Callis earlier this season.

TOP OF THE CLASS:
The RoughRiders roster includes nine players ranked on either the MLBPipeline.com and/or Baseball America Rangers Top 30 Prospects list. LEWIS BRINSON, the No. 2 prospect in the Texas 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. LUIS ORTIZ (No. 4 in MLBPipeline.com, No. 4 in BA) is the highest-ranked pitching prospect on the squad. Aside from Brinson and Ortiz, YOHANDER MENDEZ (13, 24), RYAN CORDELL (14, 11),ANDY IBANEZ (15, 8), EVAN VAN HOOSIER (18, 23),RONALD GUZMAN (22, 29), SAM WOLFF (26, NR), and CONNOR SADZECK (27, 26) rank among Texas’ top 30 prospects.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Michael Kelly was a supplemental first round pick of the Padres in June, 2011. He signed with scout Willie Bosque, for a bonus of $718,000 just 20 minutes before the August 15 deadline, turning down a baseball scholarship to the University of Florida… Kelly has an 89-92 mph 2-seam sinking FASTBALL, a 90-96 mph 4-seamer, a 75-77 mph CURVEBALL and a 77-79 mph CHANGEUP…He makes his sixth start of the season for San Antonio today.