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Saddle Up: Riders at San Antonio (5/4/16)

GAME #25
Frisco RoughRiders (18-6) at San Antonio Missions (9-16)
Wednesday, May 4 – 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 2 of 4 (Riders lead, 1-0)
This season: Game 6 of 32 (Riders lead, 5-0)

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Alex Burg drove in a pair of runs in Tuesday’s 3-0 win at San Antonio

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – SS
  2. Garrett Weber – 3B
  3. Ryan Cordell – CF
  4. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  5. Alex Burg – DH
  6. Preston Beck – DH
  7. Zach Cone – LF
  8. Alberto Triunfel – 2B
  9. Kellin Deglan – C

RHP Reed Garrett (0-0, 3.09 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Tuesday at San Antonio (W, 3-0)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders shut out the San Antonio Missions 3-0 on Tuesday night, in a game that was closer than the final score indicated…Frisco plated a run on a bases loaded hit batter in the first inning and did not score again until the ninth…VICTOR PAYANO struck out a career-high 13 batters and walked none in 6 2/3 scoreless innings…ADAM PARKS (1.1 IP) and MATT BUSH (1.0 IP) completed the shutout…All three runs were driven in without a base hit (HBP, SF, and fielder’s choice)…The RoughRiders are now 5-0 against the Missions this season.

RIDING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS:
At 18-6, the RoughRiders have the best 24-game start in team history, besting the 2008 squad. The 2008 RoughRiders 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 leading the Texas League in slugging percentage (.678) and ranking second in doubles (9), RBI (23), and runs (21). In addition, Cordell has more extra-base hits (16) than singles (14). 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 drew a walk to increase his league-high on-base streak to 23 games. Dating back to the final three games of 2015, he has reached base in 26 straight contests.

TO THE VICTOR GO THE SPOILS:
VICTOR PAYANO was dominant in yesterday’s start against San Antonio. In 6 2/3 shutout innings, Payano fanned a career-high 13 batters. It was the most strikeouts by a Riders pitcher since Robbie Erlin fanned 14 batters against Corpus Christi on June 26, 2011 and the second-most in team history in a single-game.

YU BETTER BELIEVE IT:
Right-handed pitcher YU DARVISH threw two scoreless innings for the RoughRiders Sunday afternoon, allowing just one walk. It was the right-hander’s first rehabilitation start, as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery last year.

BURG BUSTING BACK ON TO THE SCENE:
Since returning from a short stay with Triple-A Round Rock, ALEX BURG has been on a tear for Frisco. In his first eight games back, Burg is hitting .407 (11-for-27), with three home runs and nine RBI. Burg has hits in seven of eight games since his return.

“ONE”-DERFUL IN CLOSE GAMES:
Despite leading the Texas League in run differential (+38), Frisco has played in seven one-run contests, winning five, over the last 10 games. The Riders have a 6-3 record in games decided by one run this year.

STARTING SERIES STRONG:
With yesterday’s win, the RoughRiders improved to 8-0 in series openers this season. The Riders have won five of their first seven series, including a four-game sweep against San Antonio at Dr Pepper Ballpark last week.

FIRST FRAME FUN:
After scoring just one first-inning run in the first 11 games, the Riders have outscored opponents, 19-6, in the last 13 first innings. Frisco has scored a first-inning run in three of five 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 2.61 through the first 24 games and has wiggled out of numerous late-game jams. MATT BUSHhas four saves, ADAM PARKS has three, and the team is 8-for-9 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 five 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, 25-9, in the sixth frame through 24 games. The Riders struck for their biggest inning of the year with a six-run sixth on April 14 vs. Northwest Arkansas.

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate off to a hot start. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 68-31 (.687), which is the best winning percentage among all minor-league systems. Class A-Advanced High Desert enters the day at 19-7, while Class-A Hickory is 17-8, and Triple-A Round Rock is 14-10. 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:
Part of the Zach Greinke trade that sent the right-hander from the Brewers to the Angels (along with SS Jean Segura and P Ariel Pena), Johnny Hellweg is now in his first season with the Padres, signing as a free agent in November…Originally drafted by the Marlins in the 46th round in 2007, Hellweg passed up going pro, playing a year at Florida Community College before signing with the Angels for $150,000 as a 16th-round pick in 2008…The Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Hellweg as the 31st-best prospect in the Angel’s organization in the spring of 2010. He was moved up to #23 in the winter before 2011 spring training…They had Johnny at #6 in the offseason before 2013 spring camps opened, and he moved up again in the spring of 2014, when he was rated 4th-best in the Brewers’ farm system…But Hellweg was dropped to #21 in the spring of 2015…Hellweg was named the Brewers’ 2013 Minor League Pitcher of the Year a day before rejoining the Major League rotation for a start against the Cubs…He also was named the Triple-A Pacific Coast League’s Player of the Year for 2013,only the fourth Nashville Sounds pitcher to win the league’s award and first since R.A. Dickey (2007)…Repertoire: Hellweg has a lively 91-98 mph FASTBALL with sink, an 81-83 mph slurvy-CURVEBALL, as well as a CHANGEUP.

 

Saddle Up: Riders at San Antonio (5/3/16)

GAME #24
Frisco RoughRiders (17-6) at San Antonio Missions (9-15)
Tuesday, May 3 – 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 1 of 4
This season: Game 5 of 32 (Riders lead, 4-0)

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Garrett Weber went 3-for-4 Monday and has multi-hit games in his last three games

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Luis Mendez – SS
  2. Garrett Weber – 3B
  3. Lewis Brinson – CF
  4. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  5. Alex Burg – DH
  6. Zach Cone – LF
  7. Preston Beck – RF
  8. Alberto Triunfel – 2B
  9. Kellin Deglan – C

LHP Victor Payano (2-0, 4.15 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Monday vs. Corpus Christi (L, 8-2)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders suffered their largest defeat of the season, falling 8-2 to the Corpus Christi Hooks on Monday night at Dr Pepper Ballpark…The Hooks scored four runs in the first, including two on a single from Chase McDonald, who drove in 11 runs in the series…The Riders were shutout until LUIS MENDEZ homered in the eighth inning, but Frisco was down 7-1 at that point…Both teams traded runs in the ninth inning…SAM WOLFF lasted a season-low four innings and walked a season-high five batters.

RIDING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS:
At 17-6, the RoughRiders have the best 23-game start in team history, besting the 2008 squad. The 2008 RoughRiders 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 ranking second in the Texas League in doubles (9), RBI (23), and slugging percentage (.678), In addition, Cordell has more extra-base hits (16) than singles (14). 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 yesterday, 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 yesterday, he drew a walk to increase his league-high on-base streak to 23 games. Dating back to the final three games of 2015, he has reached base in 26 straight contests.

YU BETTER BELIEVE IT:
Right-handed pitcher YU DARVISH threw two scoreless innings for the RoughRiders Sunday afternoon, allowing just one walk. It was the right-hander’s first rehabilitation start, as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery last year.

GIMENEZ JIVING IN REHAB STINT:
In a weekend highlighted by Darvish and JOSH HAMILTON, catcher CHRIS GIMENEZ has been rehabbing with Frisco since Monday, and has performed very well. He has reached base in six of the seven games and has driven in a run in four. Gimenez has split his time between catcher and designated hitter so far.

BURG BUSTING BACK ON TO THE SCENE:
Since returning from a short stay with Triple-A Round Rock, ALEX BURG has been on a tear for Frisco. In his first seven games back, Burg is hitting .440 (11-for-25), with three home runs and seven RBI. Burg has hits in all seven games since his return.

“ONE”-DERFUL IN CLOSE GAMES:
Despite leading the Texas League in run differential (+35), Frisco’s last nine games have been decided by a total of 16 runs, including seven one-run contests (5-2). The Riders are 6-3 in one-run games this year.

STARTING SERIES STRONG:
With Friday night’s win, the RoughRiders improved to 7-0 in series openers this season. The Riders have won five of their first seven series, including a series sweep against San Antonio at home last week.

FIRST FRAME FUN:
After scoring just one first-inning run in the first 11 games, the Riders have outscored opponents, 18-6, in the last 11 first innings. Frisco scored runs in the first inning of the first two games against San Antonio last week.

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 2.68 through the first 23 games, and has wiggled out of numerous late-game jams. MATT BUSH and ADAM PARKS each have three saves so far for Frisco, and the team is 7-for-7 in save chances.

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 five 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, 25-9, in the sixth frame through 23 games. The Riders struck for their biggest inning of the year with a six-run sixth on April 14 vs. Northwest Arkansas.

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate off to a hot start. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 66-30 (.688), which is the best winning percentage among all minor-league systems. Class A-Advanced High Desert enters the day at 19-6, while Class-A Hickory is 17-8, and Triple-A Round Rock is 13-10. Round Rock was recently ranked the fifth-best Minor League team (any level) by MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Former RoughRider Fabio Castillo gets the start for the Missions today…The right-handed hurler is off to a good start, allowing three or fewer runs in his first four starts before Frisco hit him hard last time out…the 27-year-old spent seven seasons in the Rangers organization and three years with Frisco (2010-2012)…This is his first year with the Padres after spending time in the Giants, Reds, and Orioles systems and pitched last year in the Mexican League…REPERTOIRE: fastball (93-98), 86-88 mph slider, that replaced his curve with quick, lateral action a lot like a cutter. He also has a 78-80 mph changeup.

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)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 4 of 4 (Riders lead, 3-0)
This season: Game 4 of 32 (Riders lead, 3-0)

Guzman, Kiner

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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Audio: Listen online or through the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Watch: MiLB.TV (Barnett and Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
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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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Audio: Listen online or through the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Watch: MiLB.TV (Barnett and Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
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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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Audio: Listen online or through the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Watch: MiLB.TV (Barnett and Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
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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

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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

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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.

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