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Monday Night Marathon

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.

In terms of innings played (13), Monday’s affair with San Antonio was the longest of the season for the RoughRiders. And, of course, it comes on the eve of an 11:05 a.m. special on Tuesday. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: RF Chris Grayson – 1/5, RBI, 3SO, SF

The numbers may not jump off the stat sheet, but it’s hard to top the timeliness of Chris’s RBI last night. With the bases loaded and one away, the outfielder lofted a fly ball to deep right field that gave Trever Adams plenty of time to score from third and break a 2-2 tie in the top of the 13th inning. In his third stint with the ‘Riders in 2014 alone, Grayson totes a .276 average with 17 RBI in 27 games in the Texas League.

In case you missed it:

-While the 13-innings is a season-high for Frisco, the game was the second-longest of the season in terms of time elapsed. Monday’s game lasted four hours and 17 minutes but on May 15, the ‘Riders battled the Midland RockHounds for four hours and 23 minutes. In one of the crazier games of the season, the Hounds knocked off the horsemen 11-10 in 11 innings.

-Tomás Telis set a season-high with a four-hit night. In the tenth inning, Telis stole second base and advanced to third on an errant throw from San Antonio catcher Robert Kral.

-Patrick Cantwell was hit by a pitch for the 11th time this season, the most of any batter in the Texas League.

-RHP Randy Henry continues to improve with the ‘Riders and earned his first Double-A win of 2014. The reliever pitched three innings in overtime, each in a sudden-death situation, and allowed three hits and no walks with two strikeouts.

-Frisco’s two runs against San Antonio starter Leonel Campos were the Venezuelan’s first two earned runs allowed against the ‘Riders in 12 career appearances.

-The Missions have played in more extra-inning games (18) than any other team in the minors. Even more appalling in San Antonio’s record in said contests: 4-14.

-By comparison, Frisco moved to 2-3 in extras this season.

-Major league rehabbers Jim Adduci and Geovany Soto each went 0-for-4 in the ballgame. Adduci struck out twice and Soto suffered the same fate three times.

-Gallo watch: DNP

Joey was back in the dugout with the team, but stayed there after a whirlwind weekend to Minneapolis for the Futures Game.

 

 

Speaking of Joey, the slugger makes his premiere on the RoughRiders Pregame Show. He shares highlights from his MVP weekend for the Futures Game and illuminates upon some differences between his time in Advanced-A with Myrtle Beach and the ‘Riders at Double-A:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Alamo City Under Seige

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 blasted San Antonio with a barrage of 17 hits (one home run, two triples, five doubles) and bolted to an 11-2 win in the series opener. Click here to read the full game recap.

A better scenario to open the four-game series could not be crafted, but the ‘Riders have been in this situation before. Frisco also took game one in its last trip to San Antonio (May 16-19) only to see the Missions storm back and take the final three games in the set. The ‘Riders are just 3-6 at Wolff Municipal Stadium this season.

On Sunday, the ‘Riders rocked and rolled thanks once again to the contributions of rehabbers Geovany Soto and Jim Adduci. Both look good offensively and defensively, but Adduci in particular looks to rounding into the kind of form the Rangers can use in Arlington.

‘Riders fans can also thank the Corpus Christi Hooks for administering a 14-1 beatdown to the Midland RockHounds and snapping the Hounds’ nine-game winning streak. The results of the game allowed Frisco to regain possession of the top record in the Texas League at 52-39 overall. Midland now trails by a 1/2 game at 52-40. Additionally, a win for the Dogs last night would have tied the RoughRiders’ mark of ten straight wins, the longest streak in the Texas League this season.

Star of the Game: 1B Jim Adduci – 2/3, R, 2B, HR, 4RBI, SF

Jim’s eagerness to play baseball after a fracture and a re-fracture of his little finger is evident. In his second stint with the ‘Riders this season, the 29-year-old has batted 4-for-6 over his first pair of ballgames with two runs scored and five more driven in. He also stole a base with a textbook slide (feet first).

In case you missed it:

-The ‘Riders broke the game open with six runs and seven hits in the fifth inning. In that frame, Frisco sent ten men to the plate and clocked a triple, four doubles and two singles. Two of the two-baggers bounced out of play for a rulebook double.

-Sunday’s fifth inning marked the third time this season the ‘Riders have scored a half-dozen runs in a single frame.

-The ‘Riders tied a season high with 17 hits in the game.

-RHP Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez notched his second straight win on the mound and tossed five innings with no runs, five hits and one walk allowed. The righty also struck out four batters and is now 3-3 in Double-A this season.

-With 11 runs on 17 hits, there are plenty of honorable mentions at the plate to go around:

  • Odubel Herrera: 2-for-5, 2R, 3B, RBI
  • Chris Grayson: 2-for-4, 2R, GR2B, BB, ROE
  • Jake Skole: 3-for-5, 2R, GR2B, RBI
  • Hanser Alberto: 3-for-5, 3B, RBI

-Alberto has five hits in his last two games after starting 2-for-22 at the plate with Frisco.

-Two players made their RoughRiders’ debuts last night. J.T. Wise, newly signed from independent ball, played at DH and knocked two doubles with three RBI and a run scored. Right-handed pitcher Erik Hamren, also from the indie ranks, tossed two scoreless innings and allowed one walk with three strikeouts.

-In addition to Adduci, fellow rehabber Geovany Soto turned in a 2-for-4 night with two runs scored and a walk. Soto appears to be enjoying his return to the Double-A ranks. Soto could be seen signing autographs at Dr Pepper Ballpark after the game on Saturday night and in addition to riding the team bus down to San Antonio, Soto sprung for pizza, no doubt a welcome enhancement to the long drive.

-Gallo watch: DNP

Joey turned heads the Futures Game last night. He spiderwebbed a truck’s windshield on a towering home run in batting practice and then hit one that counted on the scoreboard during the game itself. The light-tower shot propelled the USA squad to a 3-2 victory over the World side and Gallo was named the game’s MVP. You can watch video of Gallo’s blast here:

 

 

As the RoughRiders head into the Dog Days of Summer, field manager Jason Wood provides his weekly State of the Team address on “Sunday with the Skipper.” Hear about Woody’s experience atop the mound in a big league game with the Florida Marlins. 11 pitches in an inning of relief? Not bad, skip!

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

‘Riders Rewind – May 19

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 were shut out for nine innings in a three-pitcher effort by the San Antonio Missions on Monday. Big league rehabber Casey Kelly tossed six scoreless innings with no walks and six strikeouts as the ‘Riders failed to score a run in a game for the first time this season. Click here to read the full game recap.

Rymer Liriano showed why he ranks highly in the Padres farm system. The outfielder played all three spots in the series and hit 6-for-13 with two doubles, a grand slam, five runs scored and another five driven in along with three walks and two stolen bases. He struck out once.

The RoughRiders return to Dr Pepper Ballpark after a 3-5 road trip and plenty of questions about their bullpen as the Tulsa Drillers come to town for a three-game series.

Star of the Game: 1B Trever Adams – 3/4

Adams shined in an otherwise bleak afternoon for the RoughRiders’ offense. The 25-year-old accounted for half of his team’s hits, and all three came against a major leaguer in Kelly who appeared well on his way to complete recovery from Tommy John surgery. Adams is toting a .397 average in his last 14 games at the plate (23-for-58) and leads the RoughRiders in runs scored this season (26).

 

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – May 18

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.

For the second straight game, the Missions posted a five-run inning against the RoughRiders. San Antonio scored the final eight runs of the ballgame and overcame a 5-1 hole to win 9-5. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: DH Tomás Telis – 3/4, 2B, SB

Telis doubled for the fourth straight game on Sunday and continues to crank out base hits at the plate. The switch-hitting catcher also has 11 RBI in his last 12 games and is batting a white hot .395 (30-for-76) at the dish in the month of May.

The native of El Tigre, Venezuela is also a deceptive basestealer. Telis doesn’t just swipe second base, either. He is a perfect 5-for-5 this when grabbing the more difficult third base bag and has been caught stealing third three times in his career (33 attempts).

 

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

Mendonca, Team USA Take Silver

As you might have seen on ESPN, Team Canada topped Team USA yesterday to take the gold medal in the Pan American Games.  A familiar name to RoughRiders’ fans, Jimmy Van Ostrand, drove in both of Canada’s runs as they edged Tommy Mendonca and the US team, 2-1.  For what’s it’s worth, Matt Hicks, the “Voice of the Hooks,” told me at one point during the season that Van Ostrand was one of the best guys he’s ever met in minor league baseball.

Tommy Mendonca celebrates with his teammates at home plate. (Arnulfo Franco/AP)

Mendonca, the ‘Riders 2011 everyday third baseman, batted seventh in the championship game and finished 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.  However, those numbers aren’t a fair representation of his overall performance during the Games.  In the opener of the Pan American Games, the Fresno State product went 3-for-4 with two doubles, six RBIs and two runs scored as the United States thumped the Dominican Republic, 20-2.   In his first three tournament games he hit .455 with nine RBIs.

Along with Van Ostrand, the Canadian team featured Northwest Arkansas’ Tim Smith and Jamie Romak.  Arkansas’ Matt Shoemaker, the Texas Leauge Pitcher of the Year, joined Tommy on the US squad.  As did Matt Clark (San Antonio, ’10) and former RoughRider Chad Tracy.

Game 6 of the World Series is tonight (maybe).  The Cardinals’ batting practice is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. with the Rangers hitting an hour later if possible. Game 6 has officially be postponed due to rain.  We’ll have to wait until Thursday.

-AG

RoughRiders’ Travel Stats

Baseball is a game of numbers.  Batting average, fielding percentage, home runs, total bases, etc.  There’s a value and a statistic for virtually everything.  However, some of the most interesting numbers for the ‘Riders this season have come off the field. Like every baseball team, the ‘Riders spend a lot of time traveling.  How much?  I’m glad you asked.

Road games: 70

Road trips: 12

Total miles driven: 10,449

Total time on the bus: 178 hours, 45 minutes (approx. 7.5 days)

Gallons in the bus’ fuel tank: 250

Miles per tank of gas: 1,200

Bus MPG: 4.8

Cost of diesel fuel per gallon: $3.86

Gallons of gas used this season: 2,177

Total cost of gas for the season: $8,403

Total time in Midland, TX: Approx. 336 hours

Episodes of Entourage watched on the bus: All of them

Total number of card games played: 1,284

Shortest trip: Northwest Arkansas to Tulsa (1 hour, 45 minutes; 109 miles)

Longest trip: Midland to Corpus Christi (7 hours, 30 minutes; 475 miles)

Average time of arrival: 4:42 a.m.

No doubt, this has been a fun year for the ‘Riders.  But as you can see, there’s a lot that goes into getting the guys around the Texas League.  Big thanks to Carlos Coleman, the best driver in the Texas League.

The current road trip is almost halfway over.  Then it’s off to Corpus Christi for four games, then back home to finish of the regular season.  After that?  We’ll jump on the bus for San Antonio and the playoffs.

318 miles, 5 hours and 30 minutes.

-AG

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