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

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

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

FRISCO LINEUP

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

LHP Victor Payano (1-0, 3.45 ERA)

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

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

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

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

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

GAME #18
Frisco RoughRiders (13-4) vs San Antonio Missions (8-10)
Wednesday, April 27 – 11:05 a.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Barnett and Goldberg)
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This series: Game 3 of 4 (Riders lead, 2-0)
This season: Game 3 of 32 (Riders lead, 2-0)

FRISCO LINEUP

Joe Jackson

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

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

RHP Sam Wolff (3-0, 1.69 ERA)

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

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

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

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GAME #17
Frisco RoughRiders (12-4) vs San Antonio Missions (8-9)
Tuesday, April 26 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
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Chris Gimenez continues his rehab assignment tonight, after hitting a solo homer last night

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

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Connor Sadzeck (3-0, 1.53)

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

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saddle Up: Riders vs San Antonio (4/25/16)

GAME #16
Frisco RoughRiders (11-4) vs San Antonio Missions (8-8)
Monday, April 25 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark (Frisco, TX)
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Ryan Cordell is the first Minor League player to hit two grand slams in 2016.

Ryan Cordell was named Texas League Player of the Week today

This series: Game 1 of 4
This season: Game 1 of 32

FRISCO LINEUP

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

LHP Frank Lopez (1-0, 4.11)

RIDERS RECAP: Saturday at Corpus Christi (L, 3-2)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:

Sunday’s RoughRiders game was postponed due to wet grounds…On Saturday, for the fourth straight game, the Riders scored in the first inning, plating two runs on RYAN CORDELL’s fourth homer of the year. However, they didn’t score the rest of the way, and fell by a score of 3-2. The Hooks got runs off starter VICTOR PAYANO in the first and third innings, before scoring the go-ahead run in unearned fashion in the fifth inning against reliever JOSE LECLERC. Riders pitching (Payano, Leclerc and MATT BUSH) held Corpus Christi to just three hits in the game but still came out on the losing side.

RIDING HIGH:

The RoughRiders won nine of their first 10 games this season, marking the best 10-game start in team history. At 11-4, the RoughRiders are one game off the pace of the 2008 squad for the best start in the 14-year history of the franchise. The 2008 RoughRiders finished with an 84-56 record and lost to Arkansas in the Texas League championship series.

EXTRA! EXTRA!:

RYAN CORDELL has been on a roll early in the season, leading the Texas League in slugging (.702), doubles (7), extra-base hits (11), RBI (18), and runs (14). In addition, Cordell has more extra-base hits (10) than singles (7).

GOING STREAKING:

Cordell has not only been off to a great start, but he’s been producting consistently for Frisco early in 2016. He rides a 10-game hitting streak into tonight’s game, and has been on-base in all 15 contests this year, both of which are the Texas League’s longest active streaks. Dating back to the final three games last season, he’s reached base in 18 straight contests.

DOUBLE TROUBLE:

Entering play tonight, the Riders are tied for second in Texas League with 29 doubles. 11 of Frisco’s 13 hitters already have a double this year, and seven of them have multiple two-baggers.

CONE IN THE ZONE:

After starting the season 4-for-26, ZACH CONE has 7 hits in his last 19 at-bats, including 4 extra-base hits and 7 RBI. He has driven in at least one run in four of the last six games. Cone went 3-for-4 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI in Tuesday’s loss to Arkansas.

STARTING SERIES STRONG:

With their win Thursday night, the RoughRiders have yet to lose a series-opening game in five tries this season. Frisco has won four of its first five series, including two sweeps.

SCORING SOONER:

Early on, the Riders had trouble scoring early in games. 25 of the 34 runs they scored over their first seven games came in the sixth inning or later. But in their last seven games, 35 of their 40 runs have come within the first five innings.

FIRST FRAME FUN:

After scoring just one first-inning run in the first 11 games, the Riders have scored 12 in the last four games, including five on Friday.

THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER:

While almost every facet of the RoughRiders team has been clicking early on, the bullpen has been especially strong for the Riders. Over the past 11 games, the ‘pen has allowed just six earned runs in the last 47 2/3 innings (1.13 ERA). Over that stretch, relievers have allowed just 23 hits and 23 walks (0.97 WHIP), while striking out 41.

CRANKING UP CROOKED NUMBERS:

Early in the season, the RoughRiders have shown an ability to not only score in bunches but keep opponents from doing the same. The RoughRiders have tallied four four-run innings, three five-run frames and a six-spot. Meanwhile, the Riders have only allowed one run of more than two innings (4, 4/19/16 vs Arkansas).

REELING IN A SERIES WIN:

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

 

RANGER DANGER:

The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate off to a hot start. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 46-22 (.676), good for the best winning percentage among all minor-league systems. Class A-Advanced High Desert enters today at 14-4, Class-A Hickory is 11-7, and Triple-A Round Rock is 9-7. Round Rock was recently ranked the fifth-best Minor League team (any level) by MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

Thompson Follows Suit

Miss the last RoughRiders game? Catch up on the action or relive the highlights with ‘Riders Rewind, a daily capsule of yesterday’s big moments. Listen to previous editions of ‘Riders Rewind here.

One night after Andrew Faulkner picked up his first Double-A win, Jake Thompson hopped on the train and earned his first organizational win with nearly seven innings of shutdown baseball against the San Antonio Missions. Click here to read the game recap.

The RoughRiders starting rotation currently runs Chi Chi Gonzalez, Alec Asher, Jerad Eickhoff, Faulkner and Thompson. A minor league staff rarely holds legitimate prospects in all five starting roles, but that’s precisely the case in Frisco with 26 games remaining in the regular season. This roster will not remain static over the final month of the season, so ‘Riders fans (and Rangers fans) should take a moment to appreciate the strength of this group.

Star of the Game: RHP Jake Thompson – 6.2 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 9 K

Jake admitted nerves played a role in his RoughRiders debut on July 29, but in round two, the righty looked cool, calm and collected. He set a season high with nine punch-outs and the fastball complemented the slider very well.

In case you missed it:

-The ‘Riders won a series at Wolff Stadium for the first time in 2014. They have won four straight sets overall.

-Frisco also completed its 11th shutout of the season (the most in the Texas League) and fifth against San Antonio.

-July is called the dog days for a reason, but the bark was softer than the bite on the RoughRiders this time around. The ‘Riders completed a stretch of 27 games in 26 days with a 17-10 record.

-It was a day for doubles on Sunday as the teams combined for seven two-baggers (five for Frisco and two for San Antonio). Trever Adams and Odubel Herrera each ripped a pair of doubles for the ‘Riders and Adams now has 31 on the season, a career high and second-most in the Texas League.

-Adams also extended his hitting streak to 11 straight games, which is also a season high. The righty batted 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a strikeout.

-Gallo watch: 1/4, SO

Joey’s line remained the same in the final two games of the series.

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

1. Joey Gallo (16)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (10)

4. J.T. Wise (4)

5. Teodoro Martinez (3)

5. Jake Skole (3)

7. Chris Grayson (2)

7. Odubel Herrera (2)

9. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

Field manager Jason Wood praises the work ethic of starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff on “Sunday with the Skipper:”

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

‘Riders Rewind – June 6

Miss the last RoughRiders game? Catch up on the action or relive the highlights with ‘Riders Rewind, a daily capsule of yesterday’s big moments. Listen to previous editions of ‘Riders Rewind here.

Magic Number: 6

On the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the RoughRiders knocked their Magic Number down two pegs with an 8-0 shutout of the San Antonio Missions. Frisco also took the series three games to one. Click here to read the full game recap.

Second-place Midland (32-28) helped the RoughRiders’ cause with a loss to Corpus Christi (30-30), so the total dropped from eight to six in one night. With RockHounds in town Saturday for a four-game series at the Doc, the ‘Riders (36-23) can lower that number in chunks.

To calculate the Magic Number, determine the number of games yet to be played (10), add one (10+1=11), and subtract the number of games ahead in the loss column of the standings from the closest opponent (11-5=6).

The ‘Riders blanked the Missions for the second time in the series and fourth time this season. The home team has been dominant when these two sides convene in 2014; both are 6-2 at their home ballpark against each other.

Frisco is now 21-11 at Dr Pepper Ballpark this season, the best mark in the Texas League. The ‘Riders have not lost a series at home since April 7 when the Arkansas Travelers swept a doubleheader in the second series of the season. For the third straight series, the opponent took the opener only to see Frisco ride to victory in the remaining installments.

In case you missed it:

-Every batter in the RoughRiders’ order tallied a base hit on Friday.

-Trever Adams knocked three hits in the game. Adams has not missed a beat after his week-long stint on the DL with a strained right hamstring. After batting .350 in the month of May, the righty is 5-for-8 with two runs, a double and two RBI in his first two games in June.

-Guilder Rodriguez also had a three hit game. G-Rod is batting .323 on the season and a whopping .381 since his return from Triple-A RoundRock on May 14. He leads the team in on-base percentage at a .412 clip.

-One night after Ryan Rua took the team lead in home runs with his tenth of the season, Jake Smolinksi tied the race once again on Saturday with a solo shot in the third. Nine of Smolinski’s ten jacks have been solo shots this season. The two sluggers have been neck-and-neck for much of the season in numerous statistical categories. With 34 RBI on the season, Smolinski holds a slight in RBI over his teammate (32).

-Speaking of Rua, the third baseman extended his on-base streak to 14 on Friday and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

-San Antonio manager Rich Dauer once again shook up his lineup in the middle of the game. His starting lineup varied in only game three when catcher Robert Kral replaced Austin Hedges. On Friday, however, Dauer removed Jason Hagerty from first base for Lee Orr while Bridger Hunt subbed in for Adam Buschini at third base. Buschini, in turn, shifted to shortstop and replaced Brian Bixler.

-Missions reliever Leonel Campos loves to pitch against the RoughRiders. The righty has yet to allow an earned run to the ‘Riders over the course of 11 career appearances. He pitched two innings on Friday and gave up two hits with three strikeouts.

Star of the Game: RHP Alec Asher – 7.0IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K

Big Cat put the Missions in a coma with his most dominant outing on the mound this season. The big right-hander took a perfect game into the fifth inning, when an Austin Hedges line drive deflected of Rodriguez’s glove at shortstop and into center field for a base hit. Alec filled up the strike zone and worked an efficient seven innings–of his 84 pitches, 62 were for strikes. Equally impressive was the Floridian’s ability to keep the ball in the park, and in most cases, the infield. He did not allow a home run and only one extra-base hit on a triple by speedster Reymond Fuentes. Alec leads the team with 71 1/3 innings pitched through 12 starts this season. The win on Friday lowered his ERA to 3.28 and gives him a 6-4 record on the season.

 

Highlights will return tomorrow. Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 5

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Magic Number: 8

The ‘Riders grabbed a 2-1 lead in their series against San Antonio with a 5-4 nailbiter on Thursday. Click here to read the full game recap.

For the second straight night, Frisco (35-23) cut down their Magic Number required to clinch a playoff berth. Midland (32-27) continues to roll in its series against Corpus Christi, but as long as the RoughRiders win, the Magic Number wanes regardless of the RockHounds’ results.

To calculate the Magic Number, determine the number of games yet to be played (11), add one (11+1=12), and subtract the number of games ahead in the loss column of the standings from the closest opponent (12-4=8).

Contrary to our prediction last night, the game was scoreless after the first free frames. Ryan bores loaded the bases with one out in the first inning, but steadied himself and tallied consecutive outs to strand a trio of runners.

The play of the game occurred in the fifth inning. The ‘Riders took their turn loading the bases against John Hussey when Jake Smolinski stepped up with no outs in a 2-1 ballgame.

On a fly ball to shallow left field, San Antonio outfielder Rymer Liriano called off shortstop Brian Bixler and charged in from left to make the play. Liriano dropped the ball, which allowed Jake Skole to score from third. Furthermore, Liriano attempted a throw to third base for a force out, but airmailed the delivery. Drew Robinson scored the second run of the exchange and the ‘Riders jumped up 4-1.

After much deliberation, Smolinski was awarded an RBI fielder’s choice because even though Liriano dropped the fly ball, an on-target throw to third would have resulted in an out. Liriano, therefore, was charged with only one error (throwing). Only Robinson scored an unearned run on the play.

In case you missed it:

-Rymer Liriano continues to eat ‘Riders pitching alive. The Padres outfield prospect went 3-for-4 on Thursday with a double, a home run and three RBI. The native of the Dominican Republic is hitting .302 against the horsemen this season with 16 hits, 10 runs and 15 RBI. Liriano is not long for the world of Double-A baseball.

-Ryan Rua extended his on-base streak to 13 with a two-run home run in the fourth inning. The blast to left-center was Ryan’s tenth of the season and broke a tie with Smolinski for the team lead. It also tied the two players atop the team leader board with 32 RBI. Smo broke the tie an inning later on the aforementioned fielder’s choice.

-Tomás Telis’ hit streak ended at 13 with an 0-for-4 night on Thursday.

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

Trever returned from DL and played for the first time since Memorial Day. His hamstring looked fine as he legged out a bunt single in the fifth. His two-out RBI single in the sixth inning drove in the winning run and broke a 4-4 deadlock. The 6-foot, 210-pound righty hit the ball at a .350 clip in May and raised his season average to .281 with 47 hits and 26 RBI, third-highest on the team.

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

Scouting the South Division

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By: Jay Wallis and Chris Vosters

With June upon us, the race for the first-half division title in the Texas League is in full swing. Frisco reaches the season’s midway point on June 16 against the Midland RockHounds. The ‘Riders are in the midst of a pivotal eight-game homestand and will play out the final six games of the first half on the road.

The RoughRiders entered the month atop the south division, but with all three division rivals in hot pursuit. Every team owns a winning record, which makes the playoff hunt a four-way chase. Let’s spotlight Frisco’s competition down the stretch.

San Antonio: They may have gotten off to a sluggish start in the beginning of the year, but the Missions have really picked up their level of play of late. After falling seven games below .500 in mid-May, San Antonio has since then jumped right back in the playoff hunt thanks to sustained pitching and improved hitting. As a team, the Missions hold the best ERA in the Texas League (2.99) while their closer, Johnny Barbato, leads the league in saves (15). This exceptional pitching has been present for the majority of the season but the hitting hasn’t always been comparable. However, with the emergence of outfielders Rymer Liriano and Yeison Asencio, who was named Texas League Player of the Week for May 19-25, the bats are finally making some noise. If the Missions can continue to improve at the plate during the second half of the season, they could give the ‘Riders trouble, especially since San Antonio is the only team Frisco doesn’t have a winning record against.

Midland: Out of the four Texas League teams in the south division, the RockHounds got off to the best start and held the divisional lead at the end of April. Josh Whitaker and Max Muncy both are Texas League leaders in multiple batting categories and have been the catalyst for Midland’s offense. During a four-game series with the RoughRiders in early May, though, they lost three of four and handed over their position atop the south to the ‘Riders. In addition to losing the series, Muncy suffered a lacerated finger in the second game, causing the first baseman to miss the next 17 games and put a hole in his team’s lineup. The RockHounds ended up losing 17 of 30 games in May, creating more of a gap between the ‘Riders and their competition. If Muncy can regain his confidence at the plate that he has yet to recapture since returning from the DL, it should provide a substantial spark for Midland’s offense moving forward.

Corpus Christi: The ‘Riders have handled the Hooks in 8-of-12 meetings this season. However, the teams’ four remaining meetings before the end of the first half take place under the lights of Whataburger Field. While some teams undergo hot streaks and cold spells, the Hooks’ calling card is their consistency: the Astros’ Double-A affiliate finished 14-12 in April and 15-14 in May. In both pitching and hitting, the Hooks rank in the top half of the Texas League. The ‘Riders hope to avoid damage from Corpus Christi’s Preston Tucker, a seventh round draft choice in 2012. The slugger is batting .319 against the Frisco this season with six doubles and two home runs. The 6-foot, 200-pound lefty ranks near the top of the Texas League in a multitude of categories, namely home runs, RBI, hits and doubles.

Frisco faces a daunting task, but it is important for the RoughRiders and their fans to remember the traits that placed the ‘Riders in a strong position to clinch a postseason berth: a winning record at home, contributions throughout the batting order and strong team chemistry. If the team adheres to that formula, fans can look forward to postseason baseball at Dr Pepper Ballpark come September.

‘Riders Rewind – June 4

Miss the last RoughRiders game? Catch up on the action or relive the highlights with ‘Riders Rewind, a daily capsule of yesterday’s big moments. Listen to previous editions of ‘Riders Rewind here.

Magic Number: 9

Frisco drew even in its series with the Missions thanks to a 6-0 shutout on Wednesday. Click here to read the full game recap.

Dropping the first two games in this series would have spelled trouble for the ‘Riders (34-23), who would have been forced to win the final pair in the set just to salvage a split and keep the persistent Missions (30-28) at arm’s length.

Furthermore, the Midland RockHounds (31-27) won their second straight game last night, and thereby claimed sole possession of second place in the standings. Nonetheless, the ‘Riders remain 3 1/2 games up on the Hounds, and cut the Magic Number to below ten with the win.

To calculate the Magic Number, determine the number of games yet to be played (12), add one (12+1=13), and subtract the number of games ahead in the loss column of the standings from the closest opponent (13-4=9).

It behooves both teams to win Thursday’s game with the series now knotted at a game apiece. Strong starting pitching told the tale of the first two meetings (Juan Oramas on Tuesday and Luke Jackson on Wednesday). That motiff may end tonight given the pitching matchup; it could be a high-scoring affair at the Doc.

Both starters hold a 1-3 record. Australian John Hussey owns a 4.54 ERA this season as he makes his second start and fifth appearance against the ‘Riders in 2014. Hussey does have a win against Frisco (May 2), but opponents are batting .309 against the righty.

Like Hussey, Ryan Bores’ ERA would be much higher were it not for eight unearned runs in his stat line. Bores carries a 3.57 ERA, but has allowed 15 runs (seven earned) in 17 2/3 innings with the ‘Riders this year. The other team bats .352 against him this year, and Bores suffered a loss in his last three outings.

Against Springfield on May 30, the right-hander surrendered a grand slam to Jacob Wilson in the second inning to blow the game open in favor of the Cardinals (Frisco lost the game 8-4). All half dozen runs were unearned because of an error on Drew Robinson at first base, but Bores allowed five straight runners to reach base with two outs in the inning.

In case you missed it: For the second time this season, the RoughRiders shut out the Missions by a 6-0 final score. Luke Jackson was the starting pitcher on both occasions. The first happenstance occurred on April 21 when Jackson took a perfect game into the sixth. In those two games, Jackson has allowed no runs on seven hits with two walks and 12 strikeouts over 13 innings. The righty tops the Texas League with seven wins this season.

There have been four shutouts in the season series thus far (three by Frisco, one by San Antonio).

Rehabber Jim Adduci played in left field in his second game with the ‘Riders. The lefty played first base on Tuesday. Adduci took a poor angle on a Cody Overbeck double to left in the fourth inning, but settled in nicely as the game progressed and made a tumbling snare on a line drive by Yeison Asencio to retire the side in the seventh. The Missions had runners on first and second at the time and Adduci’s grab almost assuredly saved a run. Adduci also belted an RBI triple in the third inning and looked gassed after he slid head first into third. He wore a protective mitten over his left hand to guard his injured little finger, which he fractured on a head first slide into second base on April 18. Jake Skole replaced Adduci in left field after the eighth inning. Jake Smolinski made his third appearance of the season in right field. He has made 42 starts in left.

San Antonio manager Rich Dauer submitted an identical lineup for games one and two of the series. However, by the end of the night, the Dauer instituted two defensive replacements, a pinch hitter and two other position adjustments. Lots of scratch marks on the scorecard last night.

Star of the Game: RHP Luke Jackson – 6.0IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 4K

Jackson is now 7-2 on the season with the fourth-lowest ERA (2.55) in the Texas League. His 65 strikeouts rank second in the league. Sixty-two of Jackson’s 94 pitches were for strikes, and although his pitch count ran a touch high after four innings (70), the native of Florida buckled down and threw 24 pitches the rest of the way while his velocity never wavered.

Honorable mention goes to Ryan Rua, who batted 2-for-3 with a walk and a pair of runs. It was the third straight multi-hit night for Rua, who raised his batting average to .315, fourth-highest in the Texas League. He now has an 11-game on-base streak.

 

 

Enjoy the highlights, and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 3

Miss the last RoughRiders game? Catch up on the action or relive the highlights with ‘Riders Rewind, a daily capsule of yesterday’s big moments. Listen to previous editions of ‘Riders Rewind here.

Magic Number: 10

After a day off, the ‘Riders opened an eight-game homestand Tuesday with a 3-1 loss to the San Antonio Missions. Frisco is now 0-2 in the month of June. Click here to read the full game recap.

The Missions threw down the gauntlet with the win and upped the pressure on the RoughRiders to lock up a first-half playoff berth. San Antonio (30-27) know lurks 3 1/2 games behind the RoughRiders (33-23) in south division standings with three games remaining in the series.

To calculate the Magic Number, determine the number of games yet to be played (13), add one (13+1=14), and subtract the number of games ahead in the loss column of the standings from the closest opponent (14-4=10).

In case you missed it: Were it not for a RoughRiders’ run in the ninth, the Missions would have blanked Frisco for the second consecutive meeting. The run broke a stretch of 22 innings without a tally against the Padres’ Double-A affiliate. San Antonio shut-out the ‘Riders on May 19 with big league rehabber Casey Kelly on the mound for six innings. It’s the only game in which Frisco has failed to score this season.

Frisco hit into three double plays on Tuesday, including one in each of the first two innings. A lineout double play in the second extended a stretch of four straight frames with a twin killing by the RoughRiders’ offense, a streak that reached back to the series finale with Springfield on June 1. The ‘Riders have ground into a double play in four straight games and nine of the past eleven contests.

Star of the Game: LF Teodoro Martinez – 2/4, RBI

Cafe started the night 0-for-2 with a strikeout. He also hit into an inning-ending double play. But the righty reached base with a pair of singles in the final two frames as Frisco attempted to rally and avoid a shutout.

After a single in the eighth, Teo drove in the RoughRiders’ only run of the game on a two-out liner in the ninth. The Venezuelan has 33 hits in 30 games for the ‘Riders (.306 batting average) with 13 RBI.

 

 

Enjoy the highlights, and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

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