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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.

Saddle Up: Riders at San Antonio (6/8/16)

GAME #56
Frisco RoughRiders (33-22) at San Antonio Missions (17-39)
Wednesday, June 8 – 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 2 of 4 (Riders lead, 1-0)
This season: Game 14 of 32 (Riders lead, 12-1)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Shin-Soo Choo – RF
  2. Robinson Chirinos – C
  3. Lewis Brinson – CF
  4. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  5. Ryan Cordell – DH
  6. Evan Van Hoosier – 3B
  7. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  8. Chris Garia – LF
  9. Alberto Triunfel – SS

LHP Victor Payano (4-3, 3.81 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Tuesday at San Antonio (W, 3-2)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: 1B Ronald Guzman

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders held on for a 3-2 win over the San Antonio Missions on Tuesday night…The Riders led 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 with the final lead coming on a home run by RONALD GUZMANCONNOR SADZECK took a no-decision in six inning despite allowing no earned runs…The righty surrendered two unearned runs and fanned eight Missions, walking none…Frisco is now 12-1 against San Antonio and 5-0 at Wolff Stadium.

RANGERS ON REHAB:
SHIN-SOO CHOO and the ROBINSON CHIRINOS rejoin the RoughRiders today on MLB rehabilitation assignments with the Rangers. Choo, rehabbing a left hamstring injury, played Friday and Sunday in Frisco, combining to go 1-for-8 with a single. Chirinos, coming back from a fractured forearm, played in the doubleheader last Wednesday, going 0-for-5. A.J. GRIFFIN is expected to start for the Riders in a rehab start tomorrow.

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 seven 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.

ALL KINDS OF CLOSE CALLS:
The RoughRiders have consistently found themselves in close games over the last few weeks. Nine of the last 12 games (3-9) have been decided by three runs or fewer, including four one-run games. On the season, 41 of Frisco’s 55 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 17 of his last 18 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 18 games, Beck is hitting .328 (seventh-best in the Texas League), with a double, two triples, two home runs, and nine RBI. He also sports a .384 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .493 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 last week 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.

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), runs (T-1st, 40), and extra-base hits (28). Cordell is also on the leaderboard in average (4th, .310), home runs (T-4th, 10), slugging percentage (3rd, .567), and doubles (3rd, 14).

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate with a winning record. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 132-96 (.579), 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 33-24, 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:
After an outstanding run in High-A, T.J. Weir makes his second Double-A start tonight and first against the RoughRiders…Primarily as a reliever, Weir was 3-2 with a 1.45 ERA in 15 games, three starts, with Class A-Advanced Lake Elsinore…Today marks his 66th pro outing and 14th start…Weir has averaged 10.5 SO/9IP and 2.8 BB/9IP in his pro career…Drafted in the 17th round in 2014 out of Ball State, Weir is a big groundball pitcher, getting over 55% of batted balls put into ball hit on the ground this season.

Saddle Up: Riders at San Antonio (6/7/16)

GAME #55
Frisco RoughRiders (32-22) at San Antonio Missions (17-38)
Tuesday, June 7 – 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 13 of 32 (Riders lead, 11-1)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Lewis Brinson – CF
  2. Preston Beck – RF
  3. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  4. Ryan Cordell – LF
  5. Evan Van Hoosier – 3B
  6. Joe Jackson – DH
  7. Alex Burg – C
  8. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  9. Luis Mendez – SS

RHP Connor Sadzeck (5-2, 3.56 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Sunday vs. Springfield (L, 5-0)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

 

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders enjoyed the last off day of the first half yesterday after dropping a 5-0 contest on Sunday…The loss marked the fourth shutout loss in the last 11 games for Frisco, who managed five hits in the loss…Springfield scored three runs in the third inning, knocking LUIS ORTIZ out of the game and added late runs in the eighth and ninth…Frisco did not manage a runner in scoring position until a double by KELLIN DEGLAN in the eighth, the lone man to reach second…Luke Weaver dominated the RoughRiders with a career-high 10 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings…The RoughRiders still won the series two games to one.

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 four six 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.

ALL KINDS OF CLOSE CALLS:
The RoughRiders have consistently found themselves in close games over the last few weeks. Eight of the last 11 games (2-9) have been decided by three runs or fewer, including three one-run games. On the season, 40 of Frisco’s 54 games have been decided by three or fewer, and the Riders have played in 18 one-run games (10-8), two behind league leading Corpus Christi (13-7) and Midland (12-8).

BRINSON GOES BOOM:
Rangers second-ranked prospect LEWIS BRINSON hasn’t had the best start to his season, but the Riders outfielder teed off on Cardinals pitching Saturday, going 2-for-5 with a triple, a home run, and a season-high five RBI. It marked the first time all year he’s had multiple extra-base hits in the same game. Brinson hit just .202 in May but is 4-for-16 in his last four games as he aims to return to old form.

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 16 of his last 17 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 17 games, Beck is hitting .338 (sixth-best in the Texas League), with a double, two triples, two home runs, and nine RBI. He also sports a .377 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .508 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 last week 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.

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 (41), runs (T-1st, 40), and extra-base hits (28). Cordell is also on the leaderboard in average (4th, .307), home runs (T-4th, 10), slugging percentage (3rd, .568), and doubles (3rd, 14).

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate with a winning record. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 130-94 (.580), 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 36-22, Class A Hickory is 32-24, and Triple-A Round Rock is 30-26. 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 RoughRiders face Bryce Morrow for the third time this season. Morrow lost his first six starts this year, including both of his outings against the RoughRiders. The Central Michigan University product will make his 11th career start against the Riders tonight. He holds a career 4-6 record with an ERA over 7.00 in his first ten outings against the RoughRiders.

Saddle Up: Riders vs. San Antonio (5/23/16)

GAME #43
Frisco RoughRiders (29-13) vs. San Antonio Missions (13-29)
Monnday, May 23 – 11:05 a.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
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Watch: Fox Sports Southwest and MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Jon Daniels)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Steve Goldberg and Ryan Rouillard)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 4 of 4 (Riders lead, 2-1)
This season: Game 12 of 32 (Riders lead, 10-1)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Lewis Brinson – CF
  2. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – C
  3. Ryan Cordell – LF
  4. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  5. Evan Van Hoosier – 2B
  6. Preston Beck – RF
  7. Joe Jackson – DH
  8. Luis Mendez – 3B
  9. Alberto Triunfel

RHP Luis Ortiz (0-0, -.–)

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

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

 LAST TIME OUT:
Behind six shut out innings from Yu Darvish, the Riders captured a 7-1 win over San Antonio on Sunday afternoon…Darvish struck out six and allowed just four baserunners on three singles and a walk…Four Riders posted multi-hit efforts and seven different batters reached base safely in the ten-hit barrage against three Missions pitchers…The Riders scored two in the first, three in the third, and two more in the fifth…RYNE SLACK and DAVID PEREZ completed the final three frames, with one unearned run allowed by Slack in the eighth.

YU SAW SOMETHING SPECIAL:
Right-handed pitcher YU DARVISH made his third Major League rehabilitation start with the Riders yesterday against San Antonio. The three-time American League All-Star worked six scoreless innings and allowed just three hits, while walking one and striking out six. Of Darvish’s 87 pitches, 56 were strikes. Darvish started two other games for Frisco on May 1 and May 17, and he also made two starts with Triple-A Round Rock.

MOVIN’ ON UP:
Friday, the Rangers promoted a trio of top prospects in the farm system to Frisco. Right-handed pitcher LUIS ORTIZ, the fifth-ranked prospect in the farm system by MLBPipeline.com, highlights the group of newcomers. Ortiz was 3-2 with a 2.60 ERA in seven outings with Class A-Advanced High Desert this year. Left-handed pitcher YOHANDER MENDEZ (No. 14, MLBPipeline.com) and infielder EVAN VAN HOOSIER (No. 19) were also added to the roster.

TRIO OF RIDERS EARN MONTHLY HONORS:
Thursday, 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.

RIDING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS:
Frisco’s 29-13 record is the best through 42 games in team history, one game ahead of the 2008 RoughRiders who were 28-14 at this point. The 2008 squad finished with an 84-56 record and lost to Arkansas in the Texas League championship series.

GOING STREAKING:
RYAN CORDELL had his impressive 37-game on-base streak snapped in game two of Thursday’s doubleheader. With a single Friday, Cordell started a new streak and has reached base in 38 of 39 games he’s played, recording hits in 35 of them. Cordell’s streak was the longest for Frisco since Jurickson Profar put a 50-game string together in 2012.

VIEW FROM THE TOP:
In addition to Cordell’s impressive on-base streak, he also leads the Texas League in numerous categories. The Riders outfielder leads the Texas League in RBI (36), runs (37), and extra-base hits (24). Cordell is on the leaderboard in average (3rd, .329), doubles (T-4th, 11), home runs (T-2nd, 10), slugging percentage (2nd, .632), and triples (T-2nd, 3).

STRIKEOUT FEVER:
Although the Riders were last in the league in strikeouts early this season, the K’s are beginning to come more frequently for Frisco pitching. Already this season, three Riders starters have set single-game career-highs in strikeouts (VICTOR PAYANO, 13; SAM WOLFF, 10; CONNOR SADZECK, 9), with Payano and Sadzeck setting their career-high against San Antonio May 3 and 6, respectively. In 11 games against the Missions, Frisco has struck out 95 San Antonio hitters, including 16 on May 3.

STARTING SERIES STRONG:
The Riders have gotten off to great starts in series this season,  winning nine of their first 12 series openers.All three series-opening loss have been one-run defeats. The Riders have won seven of their first 11 series, including two sweeps of Northwest Arkansas and San Antonio and one of Midland.

“ONE”-DERFUL IN CLOSE GAMES:
Despite leading the Texas League in run differential (+54), Frisco has played in 13 one-run contests, winning seven, over the last 25 games. The Riders have a 9-6 record in games decided by one run this year and are 5-1 in games decided by two runs. Seven of the 11 games between the Riders and Missions this season have been decided by two runs or fewer, including five one-run games.

CUT THEM SOME SLACK:
Reliever RYNE SLACK saw an impressive stretch come to an end in the eighth inning of last Saturday’s game in Corpus Christi. The southpaw began the season with 14 1/3 scoreless innings between April 8 and May 8 until the Hooks finally tagged him for two runs last Saturday. However, his .098 opposing average is still the best in the Texas League.

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate with a winning record. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 107-64 (.626), which is the second-best winning percentage among all Minor League systems behind Cleveland. Every full-season affiliate in the organization has a record above .500, as Class A-Advanced High Desert enters the day at 28-16, Class A Hickory is 27-16, and Triple-A Round Rock is 23-19. Round Rock was recently ranked the fifth-best Minor League team (any level) by MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

TOP OF THE CLASS:
The RoughRiders roster includes nine players ranked in either Baseball America or MLBPipeline.com’s Rangers Top 30 Prospects. LEWIS BRINSON, the No. 2 prospect in Rangers’ farm system according to MLBPipeline.com and Baseball America, returns to Frisco. He appeared in 28 games for the Riders last season, hitting .291 with six home runs and 23 RBI before being promoted to Round Rock. Brinson is joined by five other players named in the lists—RYAN CORDELL (No. 15 in MLB, No. 11 in BA), RONALD GUZMAN (23, 29), JOSE LECLERC (25, 21), SAM WOLFF (26, NR), and CONNOR SADZECK (27, 26). They have since added three players in the Top 30, LUIS ORTIZ (5, 4), YOHANDER MENDEZ (14, 24), and EVAN VAN HOOSIER (19, 23).

OPPOSING STARTER:
Right-hander Luis Diaz makes his third start of the season against the RoughRiders this afternoon. He has lasted at least six innings in six of his eight starts this season, including a season-high 7.1 innings May 1 at Midland. Diaz, 24, is in his first year in the Padres organization after spending the first seven seasons of his career as a Red Sox farmhand.

Saddle Up: Riders vs San Antonio (5/20/16)

GAME #40
Frisco RoughRiders (27-12) vs. San Antonio Missions (12-27)
Friday, May 20 – 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 (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 1 of 4
This season: Game 9 of 32 (Riders lead, 8-0)

FRISCO LINEUP (Game one)

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

RHP Sam Wolff (4-2, 5.09 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Thursday at Midland (W, 7-4 and W, 4-2 – 10 innings)

Box Scores: Game one / Game two
Recaps: Game one / Game two
Postgame Notes

Highlight of the night: Garrett Weber‘s go-ahead single in the 10th

PREGAME INTERVIEW: LHP Ryne Slack

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:

The RoughRiders swept a doubleheader in Midland, finishing off a four-game sweep of the RockHounds…GAME ONE: The Riders scored six unearned runs in the second inning en route to a 7-4 win…LEWIS BRINSON and ISIAH KINER-FALEFAeach drove in two runs during the second…Kiner-Falefa finished with a season-high three RBI…CONNOR SADZECKpitched a seven-inning complete game, the first CG of his career…GAME TWO: Down 2-0 in the seventh, the Riders rallied to tie the game in the final inning of regulation with RBI singles from Brinson and LUIS MENDEZGARRETT WEBERdelievered the go-ahead, two-run single in the 10th…Riders pitching combined to retire the final 23 hitters faced.

TRIO OF RIDERS EARN MONTHLY HONORS:
Thursday, the Rangers named three Riders as the organization’s Minor League Players of the Month. RYAN CORDELLearned player of the month honors, while ISIAH KINER-FALEFA was named defender of the month. Left-hander RYNE SLACK garnered the relief pitcher of the month award.

YU READY FOR MORE?:
Right-handed pitcher YU DARVISH is scheduled to make his third rehab start with the Riders Sunday against San Antonio. Darvish re-joined the Riders to continue his Major League rehabilitation assignment Tuesday in Midland. The three-time American League All-Star worked five innings and allowed just three hits and an unearned run, while walking one and striking out six. Of Darvish’s 68 pitches, 47 were strikes. Darvish made his first rehab start May 1 with Frisco before making two starts with Triple-A Round Rock.

RIDING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS:
Frisco’s 27-12 record is the best through 39 games in team history, one game ahead of the 2008 RoughRiders who were 26-13 at this point. The 2008 squad finished with an 84-56 record and lost to Arkansas in the Texas League championship series.

GOING STREAKING:
RYAN CORDELL had his impressive 37-game on-base streak snapped in game two of Thursday’s doubleheader. Cordell had reached in each of the first 37 games he played, recording hits in 33 of them. Cordell’s streak was the longest for Frisco since JURICKSON PROFAR put a 50-game string together in 2012.

VIEW FROM THE TOP:
In addition to Cordell’s impressive on-base streak, he also leads the Texas League in numerous categories. The Riders outfielder leads the Texas League in RBI (35), runs (34), and extra-base hits (24). He’s tied for the lead in home runs (10). Cordell is on the leaderboard in average (2nd, .338), doubles (T-3rd, 11), slugging percentage (2nd, .662), and triples (T-2nd, 3).

STRIKEOUT FEVER:
After striking out 180 hitters in the first 23 games (7.8 per game), Riders pitching has amassed 140 punchouts in the last 16 games (8.8 per game). In addition, three starters have set career-highs in single-game strikeouts during that stretch (VICTOR PAYANO, 13; SAM WOLFF, 10; CONNOR SADZECK, 9), with Payano and Sadzeck setting their career-high against San Antonio May 3 and 6, respectively.

STARTING SERIES STRONG:
The Riders have gotten off to great starts in series this season,  winning nine of their first 11 series openers.The only two blemishes were one-run defeats, in last Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Midland and last Thursday’s 6-5 loss to Corpus Christi. The Riders have won seven of their first 11 series, including two sweeps of Northwest Arkansas and San Antonio.

“ONE”-DERFUL IN CLOSE GAMES:
Despite leading the Texas League in run differential (+48), Frisco has played in 11 one-run contests, winning seven, over the last 22 games. The Riders have an 8-5 record in games decided by one run this year and are 5-1 in games decided by two runs. Five of the eight games between the Riders and Missions this season bhave been decided by two runs or fewer.

HOME IS WHERE THE ‘PEN IS:
Right-handed pitcher JOSE LECLERC has made a marked improvement since transitioning from the starting rotation to the bullpen. Leclerc had an ERA of 7.88 in two starts but has allowed just two earned runs in 14.0 innings of relief, good for a 1.29 ERA.

HOW SWEEP IT IS:
The Riders have swept three four-game series already this season (two against San Antonio, one against Midland. Coming into the season, the Riders hadn’t swept a four-game set since May of 2011.

CUT THEM SOME SLACK:
Reliever RYNE SLACK saw an impressive stretch come to an end in the eighth inning of Saturday’s game in Corpus Christi. The southpaw began the season with 14 1/3 scoreless innings between April 8 and May 8 until the Hooks finally tagged him for two runs Saturday. However, his .098 opposing average is still the best in the Texas League.

KINER CAN CATCH:
RoughRiders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA has found a new skillset, and it comes from behind the plate. The 21-year-old is catching for the first time in his career this season, having made seven starts behind the plate. The new position has worked incredibly well for Kiner-Falefa, who has caught the last four baserunners who have attempted to steal on his watch. He had not allowed a passed ball for the first five games until allowing one in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader.

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate with a winning record. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 99-60 (.623), which is the second-best winning percentage among all Minor League systems behind Cleveland. Every full-season affiliate in the organization has a record above .500, as Class A Hickory enters the day at 26-14, Class A-Advanced High Desert is 26-15, and Triple-A Round Rock is 20-19. Round Rock was recently ranked the fifth-best Minor League team (any level) by MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

TOP OF THE CLASS:
The RoughRiders enter the season with six players ranked in either Baseball America or MLBPipeline.com’s Rangers Top 30 Prospects. LEWIS BRINSON, the No. 2 prospect in Rangers’ farm system according to MLBPipeline.com and Baseball America, returns to Frisco. He appeared in 28 games for the Riders last season, hitting .291 with six home runs and 23 RBI before being promoted to Round Rock. Brinson is joined by five other players named in the lists—RYAN CORDELL (No. 15 in MLB, No. 11 in BA), RONALD GUZMAN (23, 29), JOSE LECLERC (25, 21), SAM WOLFF (26, NR), and CONNOR SADZECK (27, 26).

OPPOSING STARTER:
The RoughRiders face Kyle Lloyd for the third time this year in the series opener tonight. It is Lloyd’s first start of the season, as all 10 of his previous outings with the Missions have come in relief. The righty closed out the 2015 season with nine straight starts for Lake Elsinore…Drafted in the 29th round of the 2013 Draft out of the University of Evansville, Walter’s strongest pitch is a split-fingered fastball (low 90s).

Saddle Up: Riders at San Antonio (5/6/16)

GAME #27
Frisco RoughRiders (20-6) at San Antonio Missions (9-18)
Friday, May 6 – 7:05 p.m.
Wolff Stadium (San Antonio, TX)
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Watch: MiLB.TV (San Antonio feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 4 of 4 (Riders lead, 3-0)
This season: Game 8 of 32 (Riders lead, 7-0)

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Isiah Kiner-Falefa produced his second four-hit game of the season Thursday night in San Antonio

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Connor Sadzeck (3-0, 2.93 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Thursday at San Antonio (W, 11-4)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
Unloading on the Missions for a season-high 11 runs, the RoughRiders captured a series win with an 11-4 victory…Frisco led 9-0 before San Antonio put together a four-run sixth inning…The Riders scored in seven different innings, including a five-run sixth inning…RONALD GUZMAN and PRESTON BECK homered late, both solo shots…ISIAH KINER-FALEFA put together a four-hit game…The bullpen worked two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, as JOSE LECLERC (2.0 IP) and JOSE VALDESPINA (2.0 IP) combined to retire the final 12 batters of the contest.

ON A MISSION:
With the win last night, the RoughRiders are 7-0 against San Antonio this season and have won their last ten games against the Missions, dating back to last season. The RoughRiders have dominated the season-series thus far, outscoring the Missions by 2.6 runs per game, hitting .299 to San Antonio’s .226. The Riders are out-homering the Missions 8-4 and have 27 extra-base hits to San Antonio’s 15. The Missions have the edge in one category, however: stolen bases, where they lead 7 to 1.

RIDING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS:
At 20-6, the RoughRiders have the best 26-game start in team history, besting the 2008 squad. The 2008 RoughRiders, 19-7 through 26 games, finished with an 84-56 record and lost to Arkansas in the Texas League championship series.

CONDOR FLYING HIGH:
Ronald “Condor” Guzman is tearing it up of late. Riding a current eight-game hit streak in which he is slashing .467/.529/.867, Guzman has a pair of homers and nine RBI during the streak. His 1.396 OPS is fifth in Double-A baseball since the start of the hit streak on April 27.

GOING STREAKING:
Cordell has not only been off to a great start, but he’s been producing consistently for Frisco early in 2016. Although his 17-game hitting streak came to an end after going 0-for-3 Monday, he continued his season-long on-base streak to 25 games last night with a single in the fifth inning. Dating back to the final three games of 2015, he has reached base in 28 straight contests.

“ONE”-DERFUL IN CLOSE GAMES:
Despite leading the Texas League in run differential (+47), Frisco has played in seven one-run contests, winning five, over the last 12 games. The Riders have a 6-3 record in games decided by one run this year and are 3-0 in games decided by two runs, including the win Wednesday.

FIRST FRAME FUN:
After scoring just one first-inning run in the first 11 games, the Riders have outscored opponents, 22-8, in the last 15 first innings, scoring at least one run in 11 of those 15 games. Frisco has scored at least one first-inning run in five of seven games against San Antonio this year.

THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER:
Part of the key for the Riders historic start to the season has been the strong bullpen, protecting leads late in games. The bullpen holds an ERA of just 2.46 through the first 26 games and has wiggled out of numerous late-game jams. MATT BUSHhas five saves, ADAM PARKS has three, and the team is 9-for-10 in save situations.

CRANKING UP CROOKED NUMBERS:
Early in the season, the RoughRiders have shown an ability to not only score in bunches but keep opponents from doing the same. The RoughRiders have tallied 11 innings of four or more runs (five four-run innings, four five-run frames and a six-spot). Meanwhile, the Riders have only allowed seven innings of more than two runs.

SEPARATION IN THE SIXTH:
The RoughRiders have found immense success, both at the plate and on the mound, in the sixth inning this season. Frisco has outscored opponents, 32-13, in the sixth frame through 26 games. The Riders struck for their biggest inning of the year with a six-run sixth on April 14 vs. Northwest Arkansas and outscored the Missions 5-4 last night in the sixth.

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate off to a hot start. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 72-35 (.673), which is the second-best winning percentage among all minor-league systems. Class A-Advanced High Desert enters the day at 19-9, while Class-A Hickory is 18-9, and Triple-A Round Rock is 15-11. Round Rock was recently ranked the fifth-best Minor League team (any level) by MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Venezuelan-born Luis Diaz makes his sixth start of the year today for San Antonio, with a 2-2 record and a 5.72 ERA…The former Red Sox farmhand was granted his free agency this past offseason and signed with the Padres with an invite to MLB Spring Training…In his six years in the Red Sox system, Diaz made his way up to Double-A Portland, won Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Month in August/September of 2011 with Lowell, and South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week June 24-30, 2013 with Greenville…Throwing from a high 3/4 slot, Diaz throws a fastball in the low to mid 90s, a curveball (72-75), and changeup (78-80).

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

GAME #26
Frisco RoughRiders (19-6) at San Antonio Missions (9-17)
Thursday, May 5 – 7:05 p.m.
Wolff Stadium (San Antonio, TX)
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Watch: MiLB.TV (San Antonio feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 3 of 4 (Riders lead, 2-0)
This season: Game 7 of 32 (Riders lead, 6-0)

041416 Lopez, Frank (Photo Credit - Frisco RoughRiders)

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

FRISCO LINEUP

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

LHP Frank Lopez (2-0, 3.25 ERA)

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

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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