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Saddle Up: Riders vs. Springfield (8/18)

GAME #122 (2nd HALF GAME #53)

Frisco RoughRiders (58-63 overall, 20-32 2nd half) vs. Springfield Cardinals (65-56, 24-27 2nd half)
Thursday, August 18 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
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Watch: Fox Sports Southwest MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Scott Lucas)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Ryan Rouillard and Steve Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 3 of 3 (Riders lead 2-0)
This season: Game 12 of 12 (Cardinals lead 6-5)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Darin Mastroianni – CF
  2. Eduard Pinto – LF
  3. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  4. Joe Jackson – DH
  5. Alexeis Bell – RF
  6. Luis Marte – 3B
  7. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – C
  8. Edwin Garcia – 1B
  9. Alberto Triunfel

RHP Ariel Jurado (1-2, 3.27 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Wednesday vs. Springfield (W, 9-6)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Rangers Director of Player Development Mike Daly

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders erupted for nine runs in a 9-6 win over Springfield Wednesday…After scoring a pair of early runs, Frisco scored six in the fourth to take a 9-1 lead…ALEXEIS BELL hit his first homer as minor leaguer and EDUARD PINTO had a three-run double as part of the big inning…Bell finished  4-for-4 with the homer and two doubles, missing the cycle by a triple…After six innings with one unearned run fromREED GARRETT, Springfield scored five runs, three earned, against the Riders bullpen to pull within striking distance.HOME SWEET HOME:
So far, the season series between Frisco and Springfield has been dominated by the home team. With their win last night, the Riders are 4-1 at Dr Pepper Ballpark against Springfield, while the Cardinals have knocked off Frisco in five of six meetings at Hammons Field this season. In the all-time season series, the Riders are 46-27 at home, while Springfield is 44-30 when defending its home field.DING DING DING!:
After a few quiet weeks to begin his time with the RoughRiders, ALEXEIS BELL is beginning to find his stride. The Cuban slugger went 4-for-4 with two doubles and his first minor league home run last night, finishing a triple shy of the cycle. The big night extended his hitting streak to a season-long four games. During that stretch, he’s hitting .643 (9-for-14), leading the Texas League in average since Friday. Bell hit .319 with 138 home runs and 632 RBI during his 14-year career in the Cuban National Series.

MAPLE LEAF MASHER:
Over the last 13 games, the Riders have hit eight home runs as a team. Four of those have come off the bat of KELLIN DEGLAN, including a two-run shot Sunday in Tulsa. On August 3 against Midland, he had his first two-homer game since June 24, 2014 with Class-A Hickory. Deglan has hit eight long balls this year, which leads all players on the active roster. Those homers have come in surges, though. The Canadian catcher went homerless in the months of April and June but hit two jacks in May, two more in a six-game span in July, and this stretch of four in seven games played.

LONG BALL LAUNCH:
With Blake Drake’s three-run home run last night, the RoughRiders have allowed home runs in five straight games, seeing 10 balls clear the fence in that span. The team’s longest stretch of consecutive games allowing a home run is seven games (July 8-15). On the year, Riders pitching has given out 111 roundtrippers, the most in the Texas League.

POWERED BY PINTO:
After joining the team on the road and getting off to a great start, Riders outfielder EDUARD PINTO has kept the mojo going at home. Following last night’s 2-for-4 showing, he is hitting .400 (18-for-45) in his first 12 games at the Double-A level, with four doubles and eight RBI. He also had five multi-hit games, including a three-hit contest and two games with four hits. For his career, Pinto is averaging a multi-hit game approximately once every in three contests (112 in 335 career games).

MASTROIANNI IN THE MIX:
Outfielder DARIN MASTROIANNI was recently acquired by the Texas Rangers, and he joined the RoughRiders Friday. After going 0-for-5 in his first game Friday night, Mastroianni has gone 6-for-18 in the last four games, including an RBI double Saturday and a RBI single last night. The 30-year-old was released by the Minnesota Twins last Monday and signed with the Rangers last Wednesday. Mastroianni is in his 10th year as a professional and has spent time in the big leagues during five different seasons (2011-2014, 2016), most recently appearing with the Twins in May. Mastroianni becomes the fourth player on the Riders active roster with Major League service time, joining catcher CARSON BLAIR and pitchersSCOTT CARROLL and LUKE JACKSON.

SCHEPPERS SADDLES UP WITH RIDERS:
Rangers right-handed pitcher TANNER SCHEPPERS began a Major League rehabilitation assignment with the RoughRiders on Tuesday, working one scoreless inning…Scheppers had missed all of the 2016 season with torn articular cartilage in his left knee, an injury suffered in February. He has pitched with the Rangers each of the last four seasons, combining for a 11-5 record and a 4.17 ERA in 165 career outings. The righty pitched with the Riders in 2010 and 2011 as a minor leaguer and is on his fifth rehab assignment with the club, all coming in the last three seasons. He becomes the eighth rehabber to suit up with Frisco this season, joining pitchers YU DARVISHA.J. GRIFFIN, and KEONE KELA, catchersCHRIS GIMENEZ and ROBINSON CHIRINOS, plus outfielders JOSH HAMILTON and SHIN-SOO CHOO.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Right-handed hurler Johnny Walter is in his fourth professional season and his first with the Cardinals. He pitched in the Kansas City organization for the first three years of his career, making it as high as Class A-Advanced Wilmington before being released at the end of Spring Training last year. He was out of pro ball last season, pitching instead for the New Jersey Jackals of the independent Canadian-American Association. When a spring training opportunity with the Reds didn’t yield anything, he returned to the Jackals for the early part of the 2016 season. He signed with the Cardinals June 7 and is in his second stint with Springfield, most recently returning last Thursday. He has lost four of his five games with the Cardinals. In his start last Friday against Midland, he took a no-hitter into the ninth but gave up two runs in the final frame and took the defeat. Walter was originally drafted by the Royals in the 29th round of the 2012 draft out of Penn State University. REPERTOIRE: Cutter, two-seam fastball, curve, changeup.

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Springfield (8/17)

GAME #121 (2nd HALF GAME #52)

Frisco RoughRiders (57-63 overall, 19-32 2nd half) vs. Springfield Cardinals (65-55, 24-26 2nd half)
Wednesday, August 17 – 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 (Nathan Barnett and Ryan Rouillard)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 2 of 3 (Riders lead 1-0)
This season: Game 11 of 12 (Cardinals lead 6-4)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Darin Mastroianni – CF
  2. Eduard Pinto – LF
  3. Carson Blair – C
  4. Joe Jackson – DH
  5. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  6. Luis Marte – SS
  7. Alexeis Bell – RF
  8. Edwin Garcia – 1B
  9. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 3B

RHP Reed Garrett (2-5, 5.09 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Tuesday vs. Springfield (W, 4-3)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: RHP Jefri Hernandez

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT: The RoughRiders snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over Springfield on Tuesday…Leading 2-1 after the sixth, the RoughRiders gave up two runs in the top of the seventh on a two-run homer from Jonathan Rodriguez…However, the club responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the seventh on a RBI double from ALEXEIS BELL and a wild pitch…JACK SNODGRASS made the start and allowed just one run on three hits in his five innings of work.

HOME SWEET HOME: So far, the season series between Frisco and Springfield has been dominated by the home team. With their win last night, the Riders are 3-1 at Dr Pepper Ballpark against Springfield, while the Cardinals have knocked off Frisco in five of six meetings at Hammons Field this season. In the all-time season series, the Riders are 45-27 at home, while Springfield is 44-30 when defending its home field.

SCHEPPERS SADDLES UP WITH RIDERS: Rangers right-handed pitcher TANNER SCHEPPERS began a Major League rehabilitation assignment with the RoughRiders on Tuesday, working one scoreless inning…Scheppers had missed all of the 2016 season with torn articular cartilage in his left knee, an injury suffered in February. He has pitched with the Rangers each of the last four seasons, combining for a 11-5 record and a 4.17 ERA in 165 career outings. The righty pitched with the Riders in 2010 and 2011 as a minor leaguer and is on his fifth rehab assignment with the club, all coming in the last three seasons. He becomes the eighth rehabber to suit up with Frisco this season, joining pitchers YU DARVISH, A.J. GRIFFIN, and KEONE KELA, catchers CHRIS GIMENEZ and ROBINSON CHIRINOS, plus outfielders JOSH HAMILTON and SHIN-SOO CHOO.

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT SNODGRASS: There’s been a common denominator in each of Frisco’s last three wins: Jack Snodgrass. The lefty hurler has started each of the last three games the Riders have won, including both wins against Springfield in the last week. In three starts, he holds a WHIP of 1.00 (11 H, 6 BB in 17.0 IP) and has struck out at least five in each outing. Snodgrass joined the Riders August 2 from Triple-A Round Rock following four appearances with the Express. Snodgrass signed with the Rangers July 14 after spending his first five professional seasons in the San Francisco Giants organization.

SILENT NIGHTS: The Riders have been held to three or fewer runs in nine of the first 14 games this month. The Riders are hitting .228 in August, and the team’s on-base percentage is .301. It’s still better than June, when the Riders hit .208 with a .262 OBP.

MAPLE LEAF MASHER: Over the last 12 games, the Riders have hit seven home runs as a team. Four of those have come off the bat of KELLIN DEGLAN, including a two-run shot Sunday in Tulsa. On August 3 against Midland, he had his first two-homer game since June 24, 2014 with Class-A Hickory. Deglan has hit eight long balls this year, which leads all players on the active roster. Those homers have come in surges, though. The Canadian catcher went homerless in the months of April and June but hit two jacks in May, two more in a six-game span in July, and this stretch of four in 11 games.

LONG BALL LAUNCH: The Riders have allowed nine home runs in the last four games, including two last night. Frisco has allowed two or more homers in each of the last four games, marking the longest multi-home run game stretch this season. On the year, Riders pitching has given out 110 roundtrippers, the most in the Texas League.

POWERED BY PINTO: After joining the team on the road and getting off to a great start, Riders outfielder EDUARD PINTO made his home debut last night, going 1-for-2 with a double, a sacrifice fly, and a walk. He is hitting.390 (16-for-41) in his first 11 games at the Double-A level, with three doubles and five RBI. He also had four multi-hit games, including a three-hit contest and two games with four hits. For his career, Pinto is averaging a multi-hit game approximately once every in three contests (111 in 334 career games).

MASTROIANNI IN THE MIX: Outfielder DARIN MASTROIANNI was recently acquired by the Texas Rangers, and he joined the RoughRiders Friday. After going 0-for-5 in his first game Friday night, Mastroianni has gone 4-for-13 in the last three games, including an RBI double Saturday. The 30-year-old was released by the Minnesota Twins last Monday and signed with the Rangers Wednesday. Mastroianni is in his 10th year as a professional and has spent time in the big leagues during five different seasons (2011-2014, 2016), most recently appearing with the Twins in May. Mastroianni becomes the fourth player on the Riders active roster with Major League service time, joining catcher CARSON BLAIR and pitchers SCOTT CARROLL and LUKE JACKSON.

OPPOSING STARTER: Matt Pearce is currently in his third professional season and second full season…He makes his second career Double-A start tonight, both of which have come against the Riders…In his Double-A debut on Wednesday, he got rocked for four runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, while surrendering three walks for the first time since May 11 when he was with Class A-Advanced Palm Beach…In 2014 with Class-A Peoria, he led the Midwest League with a 2.43 ERA and set a circuit record for consecutive innings without allowing a walk (46 2/3 innings)…In his career, he has issued just 49 walks while striking out 213 batters…With Palm Beach this season, Pearce logged 136 2/3 innings and allowed just 36 runs, good for an ERA of 2.37…He was recently named Florida State League Player of the Month in July…Pearce, a native of Bonita Springs, Florida, was selected in the 13th round of the 2014 MLB Draft out of Polk State College in Lakeland, Florida…REPERTOIRE: Fastball (high 80s), changeup, curveball, slider.

 

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Springfield (8/16)

GAME #120 (2nd HALF GAME #51)

Frisco RoughRiders (56-63 overall, 18-32 2nd half) vs. Springfield Cardinals (65-54, 24-25 2nd half)
Tuesday, August 16 – 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 (Nathan Barnett and Ryan Rouillard)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 1 of 3
This season: Game 10 of 12 (Cardinals lead 7-2)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Darin Mastroianni – CF
  2. Eduard Pinto – LF
  3. Carson Blair – 1B
  4. Joe Jackson – DH
  5. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  6. Luis Marte – SS
  7. Alexeis Bell – RF
  8. Kellin Deglan – C
  9. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 3B

LHP Jack Snodgrass (2-0, 2.25 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Sunday at Tulsa (L, 11-3)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Outfielder Darin Mastroianni

Archived interview coming soon. Listen live on the Dr Pepper Pregame Show around 6:45 p.m.

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders finished out their 10-game road trip with an 11-3 loss in Tulsa on Sunday…After jumping ahead in the top of the first, the Riders gave up 11 unanswered runs and were never able to recover…Tulsa muscled three home runs, including two from Willie Calhoun…Starter CONNOR SADZECK allowed a career-high seven runs in his 4 1/3 innings, taking the loss…Down to the final out, KELLIN DEGLAN blasted a two-run homer to help the Riders finish on a high note.

SCHEPPERS SADDLES UP WITH RIDERS:
Rangers right-handed pitcher TANNER SCHEPPERS is scheduled to begin a Major League rehabilitation assignment with the RoughRiders tonight. He is set to throw one inning. Scheppers has missed all of the 2016 season with torn articular cartilage in his left knee, an injury suffered in February. He has pitched with the Rangers each of the last four seasons, combining for a 11-5 record and a 4.17 ERA in 165 career outings. The righty pitched with the Riders in 2010 and 2011 as a minor leaguer and is on his fifth rehab assignment with the club, all coming in the last three seasons. He becomes the eighth rehabber to suit up with Frisco this season, joining  pitchers YU DARVISH, A.J. GRIFFIN, and KEONE KELA, catchersCHRIS GIMENEZ and ROBINSON CHIRINOS, plus outfielders JOSH HAMILTON and SHIN-SOO CHOO.

HOME AT LAST: 
The RoughRiders return home tonight after going just 2-8 on their recent 10-game road trip. In that span, they were outscored 60-28, outhit 88-73, and outhomered 10-5. Frisco was shut out three times and had the two longest scoring droughts of the season (25 and 23 innings) on the road trip, too. On the year, Frisco is 27-35 on the road this season but just 16-33 since starting the season 11-2 away from Dr Pepper Ballpark.

SOMETHING ABOUT SNODGRASS:
Both of Frisco’s wins on the recent 10-game raod trip came in games started by JACK SNODGRASS, who starts tonight. The lefty turned in quality starts both times out, including six strong innings in Wednesday’s 8-1 win at Springfield. Snodgrass joined the Riders August 2 from Triple-A Round Rock following four appearances with the Express. Snodgrass signed with the Rangers July 14 after spending his first five professional seasons in the San Francisco Giants organization.

SILENT NIGHTS:
The Riders have been held to three or fewer runs in nine of the first 13 games this month. The Riders are hitting .231 in August, and the team’s on-base percentage is just .299. It’s still better than June, when the Riders hit .208 with a .262 OBP.

MAPLE LEAF MASHER: 
Over the last 11 games, the Riders have hit seven home runs as a team. Four of those have come off the bat of KELLIN DEGLAN, including a two-run shot Sunday in Tulsa. On August 3 against Midland, he had his first two-homer game since June 24, 2014 with Class-A Hickory. Deglan has hit eight long balls this year, which leads all players on the active roster. Those homers have come in surges, though. The Canadian catcher went homerless in the months of April and June but hit two jacks in May, two more in a six-game span in July, and this stretch of four in 11 games.

LONG BALL LAUNCH:
The Riders allowed seven home runs in the three games at Tulsa, including three on Sunday. It marked the most homers allowed in a three-game stretch this season, surpassing the previous mark of six (multiple times). It’s also the second time this season the Riders have allowed multiple homers in three straight games (also July 21-23 at Corpus Christi). On the year, Riders pitching has given out 108 roundtrippers, the most in the Texas League.

POWERED BY PINTO:
Riders outfielder EDUARD PINTO comes home to play at Dr Pepper Ballpark for the first time, hoping to maintain the success he had on the last road trip. Pinto hit .385 (15-for-39) in his first 10 games at the Double-A level, with two doubles and four RBI. He also had four multi-hit games, including a three-hit contest and two games with four hits. For his career, Pinto is averaging a multi-hit game once every three contests (111 in 333 career games).

MASTROIANNI IN THE MIX:
Outfielder DARIN MASTROIANNI was recently acquired by the Texas Rangers, and he joined the RoughRiders Friday. After going 0-for-5 in his first game Friday night, Mastroianni has gone 3-for-10 in the last two games, including an RBI double Saturday. The 30-year-old was released by the Minnesota Twins last Monday and signed with the Rangers Wednesday. Mastroianni is in his 10th year as a professional and has spent time in the big leagues during five different seasons (2011-2014, 2016), most recently appearing with the Twins in May. Mastroianni becomes the fourth player on the Riders active roster with Major League service time, joining catcher CARSON BLAIR and pitchers SCOTT CARROLL and LUKE JACKSON.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Right-handed pitcher J.C. Sulbaran faces the Riders for the second time in as many weeks, looking to replicate his success from last Thursday…In that game, the righty allowed just two hits and a run in eight innings, retiring the final 13 men he faced to earn the win…This is his eighth game against the RoughRiders during his five seasons in the Texas League…Sulbaran was originally drafted by the Reds in the 30th round in 2008 out of American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida…He was traded to the Kansas City along with left-handed pitcher Donnie Joseph on July 31, 2012 in exchange for Jonathan Broxton…Sulbaran spent parts of the next four seasons with Northwest Arkansas in the Texas League and finally reached the Triple-A level last year, making eight appearances for Omaha…This past offseason, Sulbaran elected free agency and signed with St. Louis on December 4…He began the 2016 campaign in Memphis but was assigned to Springfield on June 3 after starting the year with a 7.69 ERA in 11 starts…REPERTOIRE: Fastball (low 90s), curveball, changeup

A night to remember in the Texas League

Crazy Night in TL

While the Riders-Drillers game last night wasn’t full of that much drama, it was quite the night elsewhere around the Texas League last night. All I can say is that it was a bonkers night in the circuit.

CORPUS CHRISTI vs. ARKANSAS

Typically, when you are one out away from a perfect game, you expect to win. Unfortunately for the Arkansas Travelers, that wasn’t the case last night. After six perfect innings from starter Alex Blackford and 1-2-3 frames from Edward Paredes and Victor Alcantara, Eduardo Paredes got the first two men he faced and went to a full count with Ramon Laureano.

He walked Laureano, so the perfect game was gone, but the no-hitter was still intact. That is, until Bobby Boyd singled in the next at-bat to end the no-no, but the 1-0 lead was still there. That is, until Nick Tanielu singled in the tying run and Paredes threw a walk-off wild pitch to give Corpus Christi the win, despite getting outhit 8-2 and coming a strike away from having a perfect game thrown against them.

MIDLAND at SPRINGFIELD

This wasn’t a perfect game bid, but Springfield’s Johnny Walter had a no-hitter through eight against the RockHounds. As he went back out for the ninth, he had a chance to finish a ninth inning of no-hit ball, but the game wouldn’t be over then because Springfield also hadn’t scored yet.

Walter’s no-hitter was broken up by leadoff man Danny Oh in the ninth, but that was only the beginning of the damage. Midland went on to score three runs in the top of the ninth and moved past a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to win 3-1. Walter, despite taking a no-hitter into the ninth, took the loss.

SAN ANTONIO vs. NORTHWEST ARKANSAS

San Antonio came one hit away from a no-hitter last night, although the drama was gone much earlier. The Missions allowed their only hit in the third inning. However, they too couldn’t get anything across until the bottom of the ninth when Franchy Cordero led off with a walk-off home run, just the fourth hit of the game for San Antonio. For those counting at home, that’s 10 walk-off wins for San Antonio (out of 47 total wins).

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To recap:

  • Both teams that took a no-hitter into the ninth inning last night ended up losing.
  • The winning teams in these three games last night had hit totals of four (SA), three (MID), and two (CC).
  • There were 23 total hits between the six teams. By comparison, Tulsa (13) and Frisco (9) combined for 22.
  • Seven of the eight runs scored in those three games came in the ninth inning.

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Mask work – The catcher’s duties

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders at Springfield (8/11)

GAME #116 (2nd HALF GAME #47)

Frisco RoughRiders (56-59 overall, 18-28 2nd half) at San Antonio Missions (63-52 overall, 22-23 2nd half)
Thursday, August 11 – 7:10 p.m.
Hammons Field – Springfield, MO
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Springfield feed)
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 3 of 3 (Series tied 1-1)
This season: Game 9 of 12 (Cardinals lead 5-3)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Luis Marte – 3B
  2. Eduard Pinto – LF
  3. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  4. Joe Jackson – LF
  5. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – C
  6. Alexeis Bell – RF
  7. Edwin Garcia – 1B
  8. Kellin Deglan – DH
  9. Alberto Triunfel – SS

RHP Reed Garrett (2-4, 5.06 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Wednesday at Springfield (W, 8-1)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: OF Eduard Pinto

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
A night after suffering the worst loss of the year, the Riders bounced back in a big way, knocking off Springfield 8-1 Wednesday night…The RoughRiders scored a run in the second and third innings to take a 2-1 lead before breaking the game open with a six-run fifth…JOE JACKSON led off with a solo home run, and KELLIN DEGLAN joined the home run parade with a three-run homer later in the frame…The scoring onslaught provided plenty of support for JACK SNODGRASS, who turned in his second quality start since joining the RoughRiders last week…EDUARD PINTO and LUIS MARTE both had four-hit performances.

FIFTH-INNING FUN:
After giving up eight runs in the fifth inning the previous game, the largest single-inning total allowed by the RoughRiders this season, Frisco responded in a big way when the fifth frame came around yesterday. The Riders exploded for six runs on four hits, including home runs by JOE JACKSON and KELLIN DEGLAN. The inning extended a slim 2-1 lead to an insurmountable 8-1 advantage.

THE POWER OF PINTO:
EDUARD PINTO has only played six games with the RoughRiders, but he has already become a force to reckon with in the lineup. Pinto has nine hits in his last 14 at-bats, including two four-hit outputs in the Riders last three games. By comparison, Pinto had just one four-hit performance in 51 games with Class-A Hickory this year.

BACKS AGAINST THE WALL:
With 24 games left, the Riders face a tremendous uphill battle for a postseason spot. Midland currently leads the South Division by seven games over San Antonio, nine over Corpus Christi, and 13 over Frisco. The Riders’ elimination number for a second-half division title is now down to 12. However, Frisco still plays six more games against the RockHounds this season (August 27-29, September 3-5).

SHOW ME THE WIN COLUMN:
Last night, the Riders finally got their first win in five games at Hammons Field this year. Frisco was swept in a three-game series in Springfield to wrap up the month of May. The Riders dropped two one-run contests, which included being shut out 1-0 in the series opener and blowing a four-run lead in the final two innings of the second game. Frisco dropped all six games on the road trip to Tulsa and Springfield, which knocked the Riders out of first place in the South Division standings. Frisco did not return to the top spot after June 1, and Corpus Christi won the first half division title.

GETTING STARTED RIGHT: 
Through nine games this month, Riders starters have excelled. They have combined to allow just 17 earned runs in 47 1/3 innings of work, good for a 3.23 ERA, and have given up just two home runs. DAVID PEREZ and ARIEL JURADO both pitched five scoreless frames, and only one of the starters this month has allowed more than three runs. Riders starters had a tough time in July, posting a 4.51 ERA and allowed 21 homers in 149 2/3 innings. The best month for the starting pitchers this year was the month of April, when Frisco went an outstanding 17-4. Frisco’s starters had a 3.10 ERA and allowed 0.56 HR/9.0 innings pitched.

POWER OUTAGE: 
The last 10 games have seen a return to the dead-ball era, with very few home runs for the RoughRiders. During the 10-game stretch, the Riders have only hit five homers, and three have come off the bat of KELLIN DEGLAN. In five of those 10 games, there have been no homers hit by either side. This comes on the heels of a month of July in which the Riders hit a season-high 27 homers and allowed a league-high 36.

NOTHING BUT GOOSE EGGS:
Saturday’s shutout loss to San Antonio was the 14th time that Frisco has been shut out this season (most in the Texas League). The 14 shutout defeats is the most in Double-A. Brevard County (Brewers, Florida State League) has the most shutout losses in the minors with 19. Frisco also has the fewest shutout wins (four) in the eight-team circuit. The fewest in full-season ball is Wilmington (Royals Class A-Advanced affiliate, Carolina League) with only have three. The Blue Rocks, who play in pitcher-friendly Frawley Stadium, have also been blanked 14 times.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Right-handed pitcher J.C. Sulbaran is making his 12th start and 13th appearance of the year with Springfield in the series finale tonight…It will be Sulbaran’s first outing against the Riders this year, but he has faced Frisco seven times over his five years in the Texas League…Sulbaran was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 30th round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida…He was traded to the Kansas City Royals along with left-handed pitcher Donnie Joseph on July 31, 2012 in exchange for Jonathan Broxton…Sulbaran spent parts of the next four seasons with Northwest Arkansas in the Texas League and finally reached the Triple-A level last year, making eight appearances for Omaha…This past offseason, Sulbaran elected free agency and signed with St. Louis on December 4…He began the 2016 campaign in Memphis but was assigned to Springfield on June 3 after starting the year with a 7.69 ERA in 11 starts…Sulbaran’s best outing of the season came against his former team on July 16, when he held Northwest Arkansas to just two hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings…REPERTOIRE: Fastball (low 90s), curveball, changeup.

Saddle Up: Riders at Springfield (8/10)

GAME #115 (2nd HALF GAME #46)

Frisco RoughRiders (55-59 overall, 17-28 2nd half) at San Antonio Missions (63-51 overall, 22-22 2nd half)
Wednesday, August 9 – 6:30 p.m.
Hammons Field – Springfield, MO
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Springfield feed)
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 2 of 3 (Cardinals lead 1-0)
This season: Game 8 of 12 (Cardinals lead 5-2)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 2B
  2. Eduard Pinto – LF
  3. Carson Blair – DH
  4. Joe Jackson -CF
  5. Luis Marte – 3B
  6. Alexei Bell – RF
  7. Edwin Garcia – 1B
  8. Kellin Deglan – C
  9. Alberto Triunfel – SS

LHP Jack Snodgrass (1-0, 3.00 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Tuesday at Springfield (L, 16-4)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: RHP Scott Carroll

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders surrendered a season-high in runs, falling 16-4 to the Springfield Cardinals Tuesday night at Hammons Field…After falling behind 5-0 through two innings, the RoughRiders scored four unanswered runs in the third and fourth innings to close within a run at 5-4…CARSON BLAIR got the Riders on the board with an RBI single in the third…ALEXEIS BELL doubled in a pair of runs in the fourth, followed by an RBI groundout off the bat of ISIAH KINER-FALEFA…However, the Cardinals broke the game open with an eight-run fifth inning, as the first 10 men reached against the combination of three Riders pitchers…Blake Drake blasted a grand slam in the inning, the fourth allowed by Riders pitching this year, to give Springfield a comfortable cushion.

A FIFTH TO FORGET:
In last night’s game, the Riders scored four straight runs to cut a 5-0 Springfield advantage down to just 5-4. However, the Cardinals left Frisco in the dust with a total of eight runs in the fifth inning. It was the largest single-inning total allowed by the RoughRiders this season. Springfield also sent 12 men to the plate in the fifth (with the first 10 reaching), which was the most batters by an opponent in an inning against Frisco in 2016.

BACKS AGAINST THE WALL:
With 25 games left, the Riders face a tremendous uphill battle for a postseason spot. Midland currently leads the South Division by seven games over San Antonio, nine over Corpus Christi, and 13 over Frisco. The Riders’ elimination number for a second-half division title is now down to 13. However, Frisco still plays six more games against the RockHounds this season (August 27-29, September 3-5).

SHOW ME THE WIN COLUMN:
The Riders are making their second trip to Hammons Field this season and have not fared well here so far. Frisco was swept in a three-game series in Springfield to wrap up the month of May. The Riders dropped two one-run contests, which included being shut out 1-0 in the series opener and blowing a four-run lead in the final two innings of the second game. Frisco dropped all six games on the road trip to Tulsa and Springfield, which knocked the Riders out of first place in the South Division standings. Frisco did not return to the top spot after June 1, and Corpus Christi won the first half division title.

POWER OUTAGE: 
The last nine games have seen a return to the dead-ball era, with very few home runs for the RoughRiders. During the nine-game stretch, the Riders have only hit three homers, two from KELLIN DEGLAN on Wednesday and one from CARSON BLAIR on Sunday. In five of those nine games, there have been no homers hit by either side. This comes on the heels of a month of July in which the Riders hit a season-high 27 homers and allowed a league-high 36.

FIRST WEEK WOES:
The Riders offense was held relatively quiet in a three-game series against Midland and a four-game set at San Antonio to open August. Frisco was shut out in three of the seven contests. The Riders scored just one run in the first two games against Midland before exploding for 10 in the series finale. After scoring three runs in the first three innings of Thursday’s game against the Missions, Frisco failed to put up another tally for the next 25 innings, the longest scoreless drought of the season. In August so far, the Riders are hitting just .226 (second-lowest in the league behind San Antonio) with an average of 2.9 runs per game.

NOTHING BUT GOOSE EGGS:
Saturday’s shutout loss to San Antonio was the 14th time that Frisco has been shut out this season (most in the Texas League). The 14 shutout defeats is the most in Double-A. Brevard County (Brewers, Florida State League) has the most shutout losses in the minors with 19. Frisco also has the fewest shutout wins (four) in the eight-team circuit. The fewest in full-season ball is Wilmington (Royals Class A-Advanced affiliate, Carolina League) with only have three. The Blue Rocks, who play in pitcher-friendly Frawley Stadium, have also been blanked 14 times.

GETTING STARTED RIGHT: 
Through eight games this month, Riders starters have excelled. The eight starting pitchers have combined to allow just 16 earned runs in 41 1/3 innings of work, good for a 3.48 ERA, and have given up just two home runs. DAVID PEREZ andARIEL JURADO both pitched five scoreless frames, and none of the seven starters this month have allowed more than three runs. Riders starters had a tough time in July, posting a 4.51 ERA and allowed 21 homers in 149 2/3 innings. The best month for the starting pitchers this year was the month of April, when Frisco went an outstanding 17-4. Frisco’s starters had a 3.10 ERA and allowed 0.56 HR/9.0 innings pitched.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Matt Pearce is currently in his third professional season and second full-season, making his Double-A debut with the Cardinals tonight…In 2014 with Class A Peoria, he led the Midwest League with a 2.43 ERA and set a circuit record for consecutive innings without allowing a walk (46 2/3 innings)…In his career, he has issued just 46 walks while striking out 210 batters…With Class A-Advanced Palm Beach this season, Pearce logged 136 2/3 innings and allowed just 36 runs, good for an ERA of 2.37…He was recently named Florida State League Player of the Month in July…Pearce, a native of Bonita Springs, Florida, was selected in the 13th round of the 2014 MLB Draft out of Polk State College in Lakeland, Florida…REPERTOIRE: Fastball (high 80s), changeup, curveball, slider.

 

Saddle Up: Riders at Springfield (8/9)

GAME #114 (2nd HALF GAME #45)

Frisco RoughRiders (55-58 overall, 17-27 2nd half) at San Antonio Missions (62-51 overall, 21-22 2nd half)
Tuesday, August 8 – 6:30 p.m.
Hammons Field – Springfield, MO
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Springfield feed)
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 3
This season: Game 7 of 12 (Cardinals lead 4-2)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 3B
  2. Eduard Pinto – LF
  3. Carson Blair – C
  4. Joe Jackson – DH
  5. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  6. Luis Marte – SS
  7. Alexeis Bell – RF
  8. Edwin Garcia – 1B
  9. Carlos Arroyo – CF

RHP Connor Sadzeck (9-4, 3.45 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Sunday at San Antonio (L, 7-6 – 11 innings)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: C Carson Blair

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders let a five-run lead over San Antonio slip away in a 7-6 extra-inning loss Sunday at Wolff Stadium…The Missions broke a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the 11th with River Stevens’ walk-off RBI single to right field…The Riders jumped out to a 5-0 lead, highlighted by CARSON BLAIR’s solo home run in the third and a pair of RBI from CARLOS ARROYOSCOTT CARROLL pitched four scoreless innings before giving up a pair of RBI single in the fifth…San Antonio plated four runs in the sixth to take a 6-5 lead, but the Riders quickly answered back on EDWIN GARCIA’s game-tying RBI single in the seventh…Garcia tallied a season-high three hits, while EDUARD PINTO finished the game 4-for-5 with scored three runs.

FIRST WEEK WOES:
The Riders offense was held relatively quiet in a three-game series against Midland and a four-game set at San Antonio to open August. Frisco was shut out in three of the seven contests. The Riders scored just one run in the first two games against Midland before exploding for 10 in the series finale. After scoring three runs in the first three innings of Thursday’s game against the Missions, Frisco failed to put up another tally for the next 25 innings, the longest scoreless drought of the season. In August so far, the Riders are hitting just .226 (second-lowest in the league behind San Antonio) with an average of 2.9 runs per game.

BACKS AGAINST THE WALL:
With 27 games left, the Riders face a tremendous uphill battle for a postseason spot. If Midland goes 13-14 the rest of the way, the Riders would need to go 25-2 the rest of the way to overtake them for the division title. If Corpus Christi rallies back and wins the division, the Riders still would have to make up a current 6.5 game deficit in the overall season standings back of Midland. However, Frisco still plays six more games against the RockHounds this season (August 27-29, September 3-5).

SHOW ME THE WIN COLUMN:
The Riders are making their second trip to Hammons Field this season and are hoping for better results. Frisco was swept in a three-game series in Springfield to wrap up the month of May. The Riders dropped two one-run contests, which included being shut out 1-0 in the series opener and blowing a four-run lead in the final two innings of the second game. Frisco dropped all six games on the road trip to Tulsa and Springfield, which knocked the Riders out of first place in the South Division standings. Frisco did not return to the top spot after June 1, and Corpus Christi won the first half division title.

SHUT DOWN BY SAN ANTONIO:
Saturday’s shutout loss to San Antonio, the second in the series, was the 14th time that Frisco has been shut out this season (most in the Texas League). The 14 shutout defeats is the most in Double-A. Brevard County (Brewers, Florida State League) has the most shutout losses in the minors with 19. Frisco also has the fewest shutout wins (four) in the eight-team circuit. The fewest in full-season ball is Wilmington (Royals Class A-Advanced affiliate, Carolina League) with only three. The Blue Rocks, who play in pitcher-friendly Frawley Stadium, have also been blanked 14 times.

POWER OUTAGE: 
The last eight games have seen a return to the dead-ball era, with very few home runs in RoughRiders games. During the eight-game stretch, the Riders have only hit three homers, two from KELLIN DEGLAN on Wednesday and one fromCARSON BLAIR on Sunday, and allowed just one (Trae Santos on Friday). In five of those eight games, there have been no homers hit by either side. The four home runs over eight games is the lowest total (for both teams combined) in an eight-game stretch this season in Frisco’s games. This comes on the heels of a month of July in which the Riders hit a season-high 27 homers and allowed a league-high 36.

GETTING STARTED RIGHT: 
Through seven games this month, Riders starters have excelled. The seven starting pitchers have combined to allow just 10 earned runs in 37 1/3 innings of work, good for a 2.41 ERA, and have given up just one home run. DAVID PEREZ andARIEL JURADO both pitched five scoreless frames, and none of the seven starters this month have allowed more than three runs. Riders starters had a tough time in July, posting a 4.51 ERA and allowed 21 homers in 149 2/3 innings. The best full-month for the starting pitchers this year was the month of April, when Frisco went an outstanding 17-4. Frisco’s starters had a 3.10 ERA and allowed 0.56 HR/9.0 innings pitched.

THOMPSON FINISHES ROAD TO THE SHOW:
Former RoughRiders starter Jake Thompson made his big league debut Saturday night for the Philadelphia Phillies. Taking the loss, he allowed six runs, all earned,  on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. He walked two and struck out just one. Thompson, who was acquired from the Tigers by Texas in the Joakim Soria trade in 2014, pitched for Frisco in 2014 an 2015 before being dealt to the Phillies in the eight player trade for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman. Thompson is the 146th former RoughRider to make the big leagues and eighth to make the show for the first time this season along with Nomar Mazara (2014-2015 with Frisco, debuted with Texas Rangers), Brett Nicholas (2013 with Frisco, Rangers), Cody Ege (2015 with Frisco, Miami Marlins), MATT BUSH (2016 with Frisco, Rangers), Jared Hoying (2012-2013 with Frisco, Rangers), Richard Bleier (2012-2013 with Frisco, New York Yankees), and JOSE LECLERC (2015-2016 with Frisco, Rangers).

OPPOSING STARTER:
Taken just two years ago, Daniel Poncedeleon is moving quickly through the Cardinals ranks and dominating along the way…Entering the year, the California native was 14-5 with a 2.20 ERA across two minor league seasons of Class A-Short Season, Class A, and Class A-Advanced competition…He has already set career-highs in wins (8), starts (22), innings pitched (123.0), walks allowed (45), and strikeouts (98)…Poncedeleon has made one start against the Riders this season on May 27, the first game Frisco played against Springfield this season…The righty pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings, gave up five hits, and struck out six in a no-decision…Drafted in the ninth round out of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (the same school as Rangers infielder coordinator Kenny Holmberg), Poncedeleon features a four seam fastball (low to mid 90s), sinker, slider, and a curveball…Drafted four times, Poncedeleon attended four different schools (Arizona, Cypress College, and Houston before Embry-Riddle)…He failed a physical with the Cubs after being drafted in 2013 that required surgery.

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Springfield (6/4/16)

GAME #53
Frisco RoughRiders (31-21) vs. Springfield Cardinals (29-25)
Saturday, June 4 – 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 2 of 3 (Riders lead, 1-0)
This season: Game 5 of 12 (Cardinals lead, 3-1)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

LHP Yohander Mendez (1-0, 2.70 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Friday vs. Springfield (W, 6-5)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Rangers Minor League Infield Coordinator Kenny Holmberg (part two)

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over Springfield at Dr Pepper Ballpark…RONALD GUZMAN led the way for the Riders, going 3-for-4 with a solo home run and the decisive RBI double in the seventh inning…After falling behind 1-0 in the first on a Harrison Bader home run, the RoughRiders lost leads of 2-1 and 5-2, but quickly regained the advantage both times…JOSE VALDESPINA picked up the win after working 1 2/3 innings out of the bullpen, and ADAM PARKS notched his fourth save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth.

REHABBERS KEEP RIDING THROUGH FRISCO:
Rangers outfielder SHIN-SOO CHOO joined the RoughRiders on a Major League rehabilitation assignment Friday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Choo was the latest in a long string of big leaguers that have rehabbed with the RoughRiders this season.  Already, the Riders have welcomed right-handed pitcher YU DARVISH, outfielder JOSH HAMILTON, and catchersCHRIS GIMENEZ and ROBINSON CHIRINOS.

LOOKING UP FOR THE FIRST TIME:
With Frisco’s recent eight-game losing streak and Corpus Christi’s four-game win streak, the Riders are in second place in the South Division for the first time all season. 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.

NORTH DIVISION WOES:
Even with their win against Springfield Friday, the RoughRiders are still struggling against North Division foes, holding a 10-9 record against the four teams from up north. Six of the 10 wins are against Northwest Arkansas, while the Riders have struggled against the other three teams. In 13 games against Springfield, Tulsa, and Arkansas (4-9), the Riders are averaging just 2.9 runs per game. They only have two remaining first-half matchups against the North, both of which come against Springfield this weekend.

ALL KINDS OF CLOSE CALLS:
The RoughRiders have consistently found themselves in close games over the last few weeks. Eight of the last 10 games (2-8) have been decided by three runs or fewer, including three one-run games. On the season, 40 of Frisco’s 52 games have been decided by three or fewer, and the Riders have played in 18 one-run games (10-8), tied for the most in the Texas League.

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 15 of his last 16 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 the last 16 games, Beck his hitting .344 (4th best in the Texas League), with a double, two triples, two home runs, and nine RBI. He also sports a .385 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .525 in that span.

STARTERS STAYING STRONG:
SAM WOLFF’s 4.2 innings Friday marked the shortest start since in 17 games for the RoughRiders, but starting pitching continues to excel in that 17-game span. Starting pitchers have lasted at least six innings in six of those games, including five quality starts. No starters have allowed more than four earned runs in this recent stretch. In total, starters have combined for an ERA of 3.24 (34 ER / 94.1 IP) 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 Saturday night, and his season-high nine game hitting streak ended 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 (40), doubles (T-1st, 14), and extra-base hits (28). Cordell is also on the leaderboard in average (3rd, .319), home runs (T-4th, 10), slugging percentage (3rd, .592), and triples (T-2nd, 4).

MULTI-HIT MADNESS:
Multi-hit performances have become a consistent trend up and down the Riders lineup this year. There have been 111 multi-hit performances out of a possible 468 lineup spots (23.7%). 28 of the 111 multi-hit performances (25.2%) are with three or more hits. RONALD GUZMAN leads the Riders with 19 multi-hit games, including his 3-for-4 performance Friday vs. Springfield. Guzman is one of four players on the squad to have at least 10 multi-hit games this season.

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate with a winning record. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 124-90 (.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 33-22, Class A Hickory is 31-23, and Triple-A Round Rock is 29-24. 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 eight 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),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:
26-year-old Corey Baker makes the start against the RoughRiders tonight. The righty, in his fourth season with Springfield, has spent a large majority of his career coming out of the bullpen (124 of 160 career appearances have come in relief). This season, all 10 outings have come in a starter’s role. Baker, whose final five appearances last year were also starts, started the year 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA over the course of his first five starts, but is 0-3 with a 8.41 ERA in his last five games. His most recent start lasted just 1/3 of an inning after surrendering five runs (three earned) in a loss Tuesday at Midland. He makes his sixth career appearance (third start) against the RoughRiders tonight. He holds a 1-1 record with a career 6.14 ERA against Frisco, and his ERA at Dr Pepper Ballpark is 7.27 (7 ER / 8.2 IP).

 

Ballpark Bio: Hammons Field (Springfield)

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Today marks part three of a seven-part series in which I’ll show you the different parks of the Texas League and give you an idea of the various places the Riders are playing, aside from Dr Pepper Ballpark.

Facts and Figures
Opened: April 12, 2005 (Missouri State University, which also uses the park, began playing here in 2004)
Capacity: 6,750
Dimensions: LF – 315, CF – 400, RF – 330

We’re 225 miles down the road from St. Louis, but we’re still very much in Cardinals country this weekend here at Hammons Field in Springfield. It’s a ballpark that has a more traditional feel to it than some of the other ballparks in the league, and the vibe here has been great.

It’s a park that seems to be fueled by its fans, many of whom also root for the other Cardinals a little bit northwest of here. Yesterday, we saw a handful of people camped outside the stadium gates five hours before first pitch so that they could make sure they got one of the giveaway replica championship rings they were handing out here. That’s dedication. When the Cardinals rallied for victory last night, many of the 5,000+ fans in the park were still there and were locked in to the action.

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The folks in Springfield know the way to this baseball fan’s heart.

My favorite feature of this ballpark is definitely the hand-operated, out-of-town scoreboard behind the left field wall. If you don’t already know it, now’s the time to tell you that I’m a sucker for hand-operated scoreboards. I’ve never been able to quite put my finger on why I love them so much, but I think it’s a neat vintage feature, especially in an era where ballparks are constantly evolving.

One of the other cool aspects of this park is the batter’s eye, which is not just a giant wall/screen. Instead, it’s an area with a handful of trees, flowers, and other plants. In some ways, it’s somewhat like the large garden beyond the centerfield fence at Denver’s Coors Field. Here at Hammons Field, the batter’s eye isn’t just a nice change of pace, but it adds a lot of aesthetic value to the stadium. (Plus, as someone that grew up in the Pacific Northwest, it’s a reminder of home.)

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The batter’s eye at Hammons Field is pretty unique.

It may not have a Choctaw Lazy River or something else exotic like that, but Hammons Field still has plenty to like. Plus, when the dedicated fans pack the place, the atmosphere is pretty special.

Stay tuned for the next ballpark bio, coming in June from Midland’s Security Bank Ballpark, as I take you along for the ride on my first journey through the Texas League.

-Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Hoopdy scoop – A curveball.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

‘Riders Rewind – June 1

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

Magic Number: 10

Frisco dropped its first game in the month of June by a 3-2 decision to the Springfield Cardinals. Click here to read the full game recap.

It was just the fourth time this season the ‘Riders have lost a game by one run. They have won 13 one-run games, the most in the Texas League. The squad embarks on a pivotal homestand on June 3 as the scorching San Antonio Missions come to town.

As of June 3, Frisco sits atop the south division with a 33-22 record. The three other teams in the division are all knotted at 29-27, 4 1/2 games behind the ‘Riders. June 16 marks the final game of the first half. Buckle up!

With race for a first-half division title in full swing, we will update the magic number needed for the ‘Riders to clinch a playoff berth. To calculate the Magic Number, determine the number of games yet to be played (14), add one (14+1=15), and subtract the number of games ahead in the loss column of the standings from the closest opponent (15-5=10).

In case you missed it: A pair of double plays doomed the RoughRiders. Tomás Telis lined into an unassisted double play to second baseman Jacob Wilson, who proceeded to double off Patrick Cantwell at second base. The ‘Riders had the bases loaded with one out in the eighth when Wilson made a great play to keep Frisco off the board. One inning later, Teo Martinez grounded into a double play to wipe off Ryan Rua, who had opened the ninth with a single. Reliever Joey Donofrio presided over both twin killings, the first two on his watch this season.

Star of the Game: SS Guilder Rodriguez – 2/4, R

G-Rod takes home “S.O.T.G” honors for the second consecutive game with another multiple-hit showing. Guilder has three straight multi-hit games on his current eight-game hitting streak. He leads the team in on-base percentage (.426) and ranks second on the team in batting average (.326). Twenty-seven of the Venezuelan’s 28 base knocks have been singles and he boasts an inverted slash line with a higher on-base percentage than slugging percentage (.337).

Honorable mention to Jake Smolinski, who has back-to-back games with a home run. He is now tied with Ryan Rua for most on the team (9).

 

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.