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Meaning behind the mascots

NORTH DIVISION OPPONENTS:

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Arkansas Travelers  Name derived from an old folk song, The Arkansas Traveler, which was the state song of Arkansas from 1949 to 1963. The music was composed in the 19th century by Colonel Sanford C. ‘Sandy’ Faulkner, and the lyrics were written in 1947.

 

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Northwest Arkansas Naturals – Named partially after the state’s nickname as the “Natural State” and also after the Robert Redford film, The NaturalBob Rich, Jr. of Rich Products Corporation, the Naturals ownership group, bought the Double-A Buffalo Bisons in 1983. That year, Hollywood producers approached Rich about filming scenes of The Natural at Buffalo’s War Memorial Stadium. Following the release of the film, attendance at Bisons’ games nearly tripled and the team moved to the Triple-A American Association. In a fan vote, the “Naturals” name was chosen, receiving 33% of the vote. The second-place choice “Thunder Chickens” received 27%.

 

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Springfield Cardinals – The only team in the Texas League who currently shares the same name as their Major League affiliate. In 1931, the St. Louis Cardinals purchased a Minor League team, renamed it the Cardinals, and moved it to Springfield. Following the 1946 season, St. Louis moved the team to St. Joseph, Mo. The new Springfield Cardinals began play in the Texas League in 2005, but the dugouts at Hammons Field still include championship banners from the 1930s and 1940s.
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Tulsa Drillers – Name was carried over from the Lafayette Drillers who moved to Tulsa in 1977. Tulsa’s original Minor League team was named the Oilers and played Triple-A baseball, but the team moved to New Orleans. The new team opted to keep the Drillers name, due to the importance of oil to the city’s economy, and the ballpark changed its name from Oiler Park to Driller Park.

 

SOUTH DIVISION OPPONENTS:

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Corpus Christi Hooks – Named for the city’s association with fishing, which is very popular on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Team’s colors are navy blue and light blue, representing the sea water and the sky.

 

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Midland RockHounds – Nickname originated in 1999 when Midland’s team became an Oakland Athletic affiliate. They were originally known as the Midland Cubs and the Midland Angels, but the team wanted to have a name that would honor local tradition and be unique. A RockHound is simply a nickname for a geologist and it acknowledges the oil and gas industry in west Texas. The RockHounds became one of the early adopters in the current wave of fun, kid-friendly, location-specific Minor League nicknames.

 

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San Antonio Missions – Named after a chain of five missions that were established along the San Antonio River in the 18th century. It became the largest concentration of Catholic missions in North America. The most famous mission is The Alamo, which is featured on the Missions’ logo.

 

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: light tower power piece – A towering home run; a truly awesome blast.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Lights, camera, action! Riders shine in the spotlight

Tonight, for the second time this season, a Frisco RoughRiders game will be aired on Fox Sports Southwest.

During the last homestand, it was announced that the network will be airing at least eight Riders games during the 2016 season. The first game was a huge success, with fans across four different states tuning in to watch Frisco defeat the San Antonio Missions 6-5.

Ronald Guzman and Alex Burg both slugged home runs, as the Riders capped off their first four-game sweep of the Missions. Watch the highlights below:

RoughRiders broadcaster Nathan Barnett was joined by analyst Mike Bascik, a former Rangers pitcher, and Paul Kruger, the Assistant Director of Player Development for the Rangers. Tonight, Rangers Senior Director of Player Development Mike Daly will be on the air with Barnett as the RoughRiders host the Midland RockHounds.

In the past, select Riders games have been televised on KTXD 47. While this provided fans across the Metroplex with an opportunity to watch Riders games, it excluded additional fans from the remainder of the state and region.

Now, fans from the DFW area and beyond have the opportunity to watch the games on television tonight and at least six other times this year. Fox Sports Southwest reaches over 10 million cable and satellite TV homes in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana, as well as nationally via satellite television and streaming online with Fox Sports Go.

After tonight’s 7:05 p.m. game against Midland, Fox Sports Southwest will air the following remaining RoughRiders games this season. Make sure to tune in on these dates and catch the Riders in action!

Date: Time: Opponent: Opponent Affiliate:
Monday, May 23 11:00 a.m.  vs. San Antonio Missions  (San Diego Padres)
Thursday, June 2 7:00 p.m.  vs. Tulsa Drillers  (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Tuesday, June 14 11:00 a.m.  vs. Midland RockHounds  (Oakland Athletics)
Sunday, July 31 6:00 p.m.  vs. San Antonio Missions  (San Diego Padres)
Thursday, Aug. 18 7:00 p.m.  vs. Springfield Cardinals  (St. Louis Cardinals)
Sunday, Aug. 21 6:00 p.m.  vs. Tulsa Drillers  (Los Angeles Dodgers)

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: Freak show stat – A baseball statistic that is cute or entertaining but of little real value; e.g., players’ double-figure totals in doubles, triples, and home runs

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Spring Training Travels Day 4: Rangers Return From San Antonio

This marks the fourth day, third full day, of the RoughRiders Media Relations Department’s travels at Spring Training in and around Phoenix, Arizona. In our fourth installment, Steve Goldberg recaps the Rangers’ weekend trip to San Antonio and the adjustment to getting back in a rhythm at camp. All installments can be found here, including Day 1Day 2, and Day 3.

With two full days of Spring Training under our belt, we move on to our third day here at the Rangers’ training complex. When we arrived in Surprise on Saturday, a group of players were noticeably missing. They were playing two games against the Kansas City Royals in San Antonio.

It was a very enjoyable weekend for the group who made the 850-mile trek back to Texas. The Rangers won both games against the Royals, scored a total of 20 runs, and played in front of 27,536 fans on Friday and 33,592 on Saturday. This was indeed a major change of pace from playing in smaller Cactus League ballparks.

The team experienced many thrills over the weekend, highlighted by former RoughRider Lewis Brinson’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning in Friday’s 7-5 victory.

Hanser Alberto, another former Rider, enjoyed the change of pace going from Surprise to San Antonio for the weekend. Alberto was a perfect 2-for-2 in the first game Friday.

“The San Antonio weekend was great,” Alberto said. “It’s a good city and it was great to be around the guys. We had a lot of fun there and played very well.”

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Infielder Hanser Alberto played 150 total games with the RoughRiders during the 2013 and 2014 seasons

Alberto and the squad who made the trip to San Antonio were back at the Rangers’ training complex Sunday. They had a quick turnaround, with a 1:05 p.m. big league game against the Angels looming. Despite the major contrast between playing at the Alamodome and Surprise Stadium, the team had a smooth transition back to the everyday routine of camp.

“It’s the same game, nothing new,” Alberto said. “You see the ball and hit the ball. You make the routine plays and play your hardest. We came back here and are continuing to work hard. We want to keep showing everyone that we’re ready.”

For Alberto, his first taste of Major League action last year has impacted his mindset at this year’s Spring Training. He continues to receive valuable advice from the experienced players in the clubhouse that have helped him with adjust to playing in the big leagues.

“I have learned a lot from the veteran guys,” Alberto said. “It’s been a great experience. Now I have a better idea how to work and concentrate. The results are going to be different every day, but now I feel comfortable at every point in the game. I am more ready than ever.”

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2012-14 RoughRiders OF Ryan Strausborger records exclusive content for RiderVision

There are many other former Riders in a similar position. Chi Chi Gonzalez, Keone Kela, and Ryan Strausborger all made their Major League debuts with the Rangers last season and bring that experience with them to this year’s Spring Training.

As mentioned in our Day 2 post, this is my first time at Spring Training. One of the most noticeable and pleasantly surprising things has been observing the interaction between Major League veterans and the up-and-coming prospects throughout all levels of the organization.

Everyone here is striving to improve and advance to the highest level of the sport. The veterans have a visible presence at the camp giving their tips and offering advice to the younger players, who are learning as much as possible in their quest for success.

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: freight delivery – slow pitching

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

Sleepless in San Antonio

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

The RoughRiders’ team bus rolled into the Alamo City in the early morning hours on Thursday after a ride through the night. It was San Antonio’s Yeison Asencio who looked wide awake in last night’s game as he sent two balls on a ride out of Wolff Stadium. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: 1B Trever Adams – 3/4, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Trever followed up his inside-the-parker on Wednesday with a three-knock night to extend his active hitting streak to a season-long eight games. The righty has been a doubles machine for the RoughRiders and tied a career high with his 28th two-bagger of the season. He also moved into a tie with Tulsa’s Taylor Featherston for second in the Texas League (Arkansas’ Alex Yarbrough paces the league with 34 doubles). Trev’s average ticked up to .286 (5th in the Texas League) and he stands one RBI shy of 50 with the ‘Riders.

In case you missed it:

-Asencio’s multi home run night is the third of the season for the Dominican, who sits in a tie for third in the Texas League with .288 batting average.

-San Antonio cracked three pitches out of the park on Thursday. The most home run happy squad in the Texas League has 95 jacks on the season, nine ahead of second place Frisco.

-Alec Asher leads the Texas League in home runs allowed (17) and losses (10). He also paces the league in starts (22), ranks fourth in strikeouts (100) and second in WHIP (1.15).

-With four total plate appearances on Thursday (1-for-3, R, BB), Odubel Herrera now needs seven total plate appearances to qualify for the  Texas League leader board in batting. Odubel’s .345 average will almost certainly claim the top spot on the list, now held by Springfield’s Cody Stanley (.297).

-Gallo watch: DNP

No need to panic. Just a standard day of rest for Joey.

-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. Teodoro Martinez (3)

4. Jake Skole (3)

4. J.T. Wise (3)

7. Chris Grayson (2)

7. Odubel Herrera (2)

9. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

Trever Adams rehashes the exhausting experience that is an inside-the-park home run with Alex on the Pregame Show:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

End of the Dog Days?

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

A low scoring game on Saturday was countered by a slug fest on Sunday as the ‘Riders poured in 12 runs on 13 hits. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: LF Odubel Herrera – 3/5, 2R, HR, 3RBI, SO

Playing in the outfield for the first time in 64 games with the ‘Riders did nothing to foil Odubel’s rhythm at the plate. The Venezuelan smoked his second home run of the season to right-center field and raised his batting average to .348 in the Texas League with 34RBI.

In case you missed it:

-Frisco socked three home runs (all of the two-run variety) in a game for the first time since May 29 in a 13-4 thrashing of Tulsa. Odubel Herrera blasted his first Double-A home run of the season in that game; Chris Grayson and Ryan Rua went yard as well. In another similarity, Jerad Eickhoff pitched in both contests and earned the win.

-The RoughRiders have knocked 82 pitches out of the park this season.

-The last time the ‘Riders tallied double-digit runs in a game also occurred against the Missions in an 11-2 thumping on July 13 in San Antonio.

-Trever Adams was out of the lineup for the first time since June 4. It broke a streak of 48 straight games played for the Nebraskan.

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

With his 15th homer with the ‘Riders, Joey begins to close in on back-to-back 40-home run season. He now sits at 36 in 2014, the most in professional baseball, with 34 regular season games to play.

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

1. Joey Gallo (15)

2. Trever Adams (11)

3. Drew Robinson (10)

4. Teodoro Martinez (3)

5. Chris Grayson (2)

5. Jake Skole (2)

5. J.T. Wise (2)

5. Odubel Herrera (2)

9. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

Jason Wood gives a shout-out to his family on his “Sunday with the Skipper conversation with Alex:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Saturday’s Big Three: Asher, Robinson, Cantwell

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On Saturday night, a trio of ‘Riders constituted a “Big Three” and keyed the team’s ninth inning victory over San Antonio. Alec Asher shut down the Missions for seven innings on the hill, Drew Robinson put the ‘Riders on the board and scored both runs for Frisco and Pat Cantwell knocked in the winning score with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Click here to read the game recap.

Fortunately, Frisco's reincarnation of the "Big Three" did not include a dictator.

Fortunately, Frisco’s reincarnation of the “Big Three” did not include a dictator.

Star of the Game: RHP Alec Asher – 7.0IP, 0R, 5H, 0BB, 7K

Despite the impact of Cantwell and Robinson, Alec stands out as the Franklin D. Roosevelt of the Big Three. The starter guided the ‘Riders through seven innings of shutout baseball and blockaded the Missions every attempt to tally the scoreboard. Alec’s first three starts in July (all losses) are beginning to look like a mere blip on the radar of his season. The righty has been excellent over his last two outings with just one run allowed over his last 14 1/3 innings. When Alec hit Diego Goris with a pitch in the fifth inning, it marked the first hit batsman of the season for the native of Lakeland, Florida.

In case you missed it:

-Robinson’s seventh-inning homer was the lefty’s tenth of the season (an an opposite field shot at that). He joins current teammates Joey Gallo and Trever Adams, along with former mates Ryan Rua and Jake Smolinski, as members of the double digit home run club in 2014.

-Cantwell’s RBI walk-off came against Josh Geer, who made his first appearance out of the bullpen this season in his 21st outing. This will be the rare series in which Geer does not start a game against the ‘Riders.

-Odubel Herrera snapped out an 0-for-10 slump at the plate with a pair of singles. The Venezuelan is 16 plate appearances away from making his debut on the Texas League leader board for batting average, at which time he will likely have the highest qualified average in the league. Currently, ‘Dubel totes a .343 mark at the plate.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-3, BB, 2SO

Joey snapped his streak of four straight days with a home run. He hit a Mt. Everest popup in the fourth to shallow left center that was dropped by center fielder Cory Spangenberg. Trever Adams was on first base at the time and the Missions threw him out at second (Adams understandably thought Spangenberg would make the grab and stayed closer to first). As a result, Gallo reached first by way of an 8-4 fielder’s choice.

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

1. Joey Gallo (14)

2. Trever Adams (11)

3. Drew Robinson (10)

4. Teodoro Martinez (3)

5. Chris Grayson (2)

5. Jake Skole (2)

7. J.T. Wise (1)

7. Odubel Herrera (1)

7. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

Minor League Field Coordinator Jace Tingler is in town for the Missions series and shares his perspective on the development of the RoughRiders as a team this season in the face of an abundance of roster moves throughout the year:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Early Start to Friday Night’s Fireworks

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In a game that resembled two installments of the previous series with Midland, the ‘Riders overcame an early deficit and finished strong to even the four-game run with San Antonio at one game apiece. Click here to read the game recap.

On July 22, the ‘Riders fell in an 0-2 hole in the first inning, but rallied to win handily down the stretch 8-3 over the ‘Hounds. The following night, Midland took a 2-1 lead until Frisco squared the score at 2-2 in the fourth. After the teams swapped runs in the seventh, a ninth inning home run by Joey Gallo catapulted the RoughRiders to a 5-3 victory.

Friday’s showdown blended the two aforementioned contests. Again, the ‘Riders faced an early hole, but reset the game at 3-3 in the third inning via another Gallo long ball. Frisco and San Antonio exchanged runs in the seventh and another late home run, this one by J.T. Wise in the bottom of the eighth, pushed the horsemen over the top.

Star of the Game: J.T. Wise – 1/4, R, HR, 3RBI

With two outs and two on, Wise took a hanging 2-2 slider from Michael Dimock and pinged it off the roof of the WinStar Diamond Deck in the left field corner to give the ‘Riders a late 7-4 lead. The recent acquisition from the independent ranks walked up with a chip on his shoulder because the Missions had intentionally walked Joey Gallo in the previous plate appearance to pitch to Wise. Oops. The native of Apopka, Florida belted his first homer with the ‘Riders in his 12th game with the club. Wise is batting 14-for-46(.304 average) with seven runs, five doubles and 11 RBI.

In case you missed it:

-Doubles for Trever Adams have become as routine as home runs for Gallo. Adams doubled for the third straight game and now sits at 25 two-baggers this season, third-most in the Texas League. The righty also scored his team-leading 49th run of the year.

-Will Lamb saved his third game for the ‘Riders. He faced the minimum in the ninth and struck out Lee Orr on a fastball.

-Hanser Alberto tallied a multi-hit game for the third time in the last four night. He also had multiple RBI for the second time over that stretch.

-For the second night in a row, the ‘Riders faced a pitcher they had seen on another team in the Texas League this season. RHP Michael Dimock, renowned across the league for his Rollie Fingers mustache, gave up the go-ahead home run to Wise in the eighth and took the loss. Dimock began the season in the Astros organization with Corpus Christi, but was traded to the Padres organization on June 25 in exchange for fellow righty Miguel Severino.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI, IBB

Joey homered for the fourth day in a row as he flicked a pitch left outside to the opposite field in the third inning. Joey now has 35 home runs on the season and 14 with the ‘Riders. He is three home runs off the Texas League lead and paces all of professional baseball in total long balls in 2014.

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

1. Joey Gallo (14)

2. Trever Adams (11)

3. Drew Robinson (9)

4. Teodoro Martinez (3)

5. Chris Grayson (2)

5. Jake Skole (2)

7. J.T. Wise (1)

7. Odubel Herrera (1)

7. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

 

The ‘Riders paid tribute to Mike Coolbaugh last night in the first ever Mike Coolbaugh Day at Dr Pepper Ballpark. The Tulsa Drillers assistant coach tragically lost his life when struck by a foul ball on July 22, 2007. RoughRiders’ first base coach James Vilade is a board director of Diamond Dreams, the nonprofit organization created in Mike’s memory. He details his involvement in Diamond Dreams, its mission and the steps taken to make Mike Coolbaugh Day a reality:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Soggy Weather, Soggy Game

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

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

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

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

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

In case you missed it:

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

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

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

-Gallo watch: 0-for-3, BB, 3SO

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

 

 

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

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Two Ways to Look at Series Split

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

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

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

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

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

In case you missed it:

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Nickled & Dimed

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An error and two hit batsman dinged the RoughRiders and proved costly in their bid to win three straight against San Antonio and take the series. Click here to read the full game recap.

The Missions took the lead permanently in the fourth inning on a fielding error by Guilder Rodriguez. On a ground ball hit by Austin Hedges to short, G-Rod unleashed a short throw to first. J.T. Wise, playing the position for the first time as a RoughRider, could not scoop the ball out of the dirt. While the toss over was certainly not the strongest from Rodriguez, it’s still a play Wise needs to make.

Later, when Cody Overbeck grounded back to the pitcher, the out should have been the inning’s last, but the play instead drove in a run for the first of three unearned tallies in the frame by the Missions.

After Claudio exited, Frisco’s two relievers struggled with wildness that hurt the team’s ninth-inning comeback bid. Francisco Mendoza hit the first batter he faced in the sixth inning and walked the next two to load the bases with nobody out. To Mendoza’s credit, he pulled through via a double play and a strikeout to end the inning with only one run allowed, the best possible scenario given the circumstances. However, on the 6-3 twin killing, Yeison Asencio, the player struck by Mendoza’s pitch, scored.

A hit batsmen plagued Erik Hamren as well, the RoughRiders’ arm in the eighth. Rymer Liriano was forced to leave the game after absorbing a shot to the elbow. The pinch runner for Liriano, Hunter Renfroe, scored all the same on a triple by Brian Bixler. In a game the ‘Riders lost by one run, the three unearned runs and the two additional runs that initially reached by way of a hit-by-pitch sank Frisco into too deep a hole.

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

Anyone holding his or her figurative breath in anticipation of a fall-off in Odubel’s offensive production has been doing so for quite a while now. The second baseman singled all over the place on Tuesday – once to right, once to left and once on the infield. His .342 batting average (68-for-199 through 53 games) is tops on the team.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders are now 0-33 when they trail after eight innings. They came close to breaking that streak on Tuesday afternoon, but couldn’t quite finish the job.

-Frisco also falls to 9-9 in day games this season. The team plays one more game under the sun on August 24 in Midland.

-As is his custom, San Antonio field manager Rich Dauer shuffled his lineup defensively during the game. In the seventh inning, Cory Spangenberg moved from center field to his more regular spot at second base. Casey McElroy then shifted from second to third and kicked Adam Buschini across the diamond from third to first. Cody Overbeck, who started the game at first, was replaced in the batting order by new center fielder Rymer Liriano, whose presence in the game was short-lived. After Liriano left the game with an injury in the eighth, Hunter Renfroe became the third center fielder of the ballgame for San Antonio.

-Frisco outhit the Missions 10-8 in the loss.

-Major league rehabber Geovany Soto had another good game and went 2-for-4 with a double as the DH. After his leadoff double in the ninth, Drew Robinson replaced Soto as a pinch runner and later scored on Chris Grayson’s two-run double. Fellow rehabber Jim Adduci was not in the lineup on Tuesday.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-4, 2SO

Playing in his first game with the ‘Riders since July 10, Gallo hit the ball out of the infield once on a fly out to left in the sixth.

 

 

Catcher Geovany Soto has been enjoying his time with the RoughRiders in the Texas League circuit and it shows in the numbers: 7-for-19 (.368) with four runs, two doubles and an RBI through six games. The 2008 National League Rookie of the Year also shares memories of his trip to the MLB All-Star Game in 2008:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

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