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SDCS Game Three Notes: Do or Die


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A 3-2 win for the Midland RockHounds in game three sets up a must-win scenario for the RoughRiders in game four of the Texas League South Division Championship Series. Click here to read the Game Two recap.

Much has attention has been paid the RoughRiders for their “prospect-packed” roster, and deservedly so. But a pair of prospects on Midland’s veteran-laden lineup have played a key role in the outcome of this series. Daniel Robertson, the number one prospect in the A’s organization, drove in a run in his Double-A debut to give Midland a 1-0 lead. Fellow infielder Matt Chapman, in his first full year of professional baseball, batted 2-for-3 on Friday with two RBI, a double and a back-breaking home run off Alec Asher in the seventh to snap a 2-2 tie. Chapman’s home run was a particularly sharp dagger because the ‘Riders had managed to tie the score in the top of the inning.

It’s not like the A’s are stacking Midland’s roster for a playoff push, either. Robertson arrived after his Advanced-A Stockton squad fell in the California League playoffs. He replaces Hiro Nakajima, who broke his wrist in game one at Dr Pepper Ballpark. Chapman, meanwhile, takes the place of Jefry Marte, who was shut down on the final day of the regular season with an oblique injury.

Star of the Game: 2B Odubel Herrera - 2/3, R, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 SB, SO

Odubel has had a great series with five hits in three games. He also has three RBI, three walks, a double and a home run. The ‘Riders will need him to stay hot to have a chance in game four.

In case you missed it:

-Frisco outhit Midland 9-8.

-The ‘Riders had a chance to score early with men at the corners in the first inning. They stranded both runners and abandoned men on second and third in the seventh with the score knotted at 2-2.

-The RoughRiders scored another unearned run on a throwing error by Max Muncy in the third inning. There has been at least one unearned run scored by either team in all three games of the series.

-Nick Williams has a hit in all three games of the series.

 

Game two starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff shares his thoughts about what went right and what went wrong against the RockHounds in a 6-3 loss on Thursday:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

SDCS Game Two Notes: Balk


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The ‘Riders crashed from their Game One victory high and fell from grace in a hard way. Midland took a grueling game two 6-3 on Thursday as the series shifts to Midland for the next two nights. Click here to read the Game Two recap.

Let’s hope the RoughRiders just needed to get a game like this out of their system. At times, it was flat out ugly. The ‘Riders committed four errors, including three alone on catcher Jorge Alfaro. Midland also drew eight walks and placed a total of 20 men on base (more than two per inning on average).

At that rate, it seemed like the RockHounds constantly had runners in scoring position with their paws on the RoughRiders’ throats. And yet, the game was tied at 3-3 in the ninth when, alas, the ‘Riders lost their composure. Midland scored a run on a wild pitch and another on a balk and really did not have to do a whole lot to take the win away from the ‘Riders. It was given. Furthermore, Jason Wood was ejected after second base umpire, Clay Park charged Erik Hamren with a balk that allowed Jeremy Barfield to score and put the Hounds up 6-3. Afterwards, as Park walked back to his position, he allegedly caught some verbal flak from Odubel Herrera and ejected the RoughRiders’ second baseman as well.

As disappointing as it was to see the ‘Riders unravel, the came out in the bottom of the ninth and loaded the bases with two outs. The RockHounds had to haul their closer Jose Flores out of the bullpen, so the ‘Riders certainly made Midland sweat a bit at the end.

Ultimately, the game was a clunker for the bullpen and did not end on a high note for the starter, Jerad Eickhoff. The righty slogged his way through his first five innings but had grudgingly allowed just one unearned run and stranded six runners on base. But he walked his final batter faced, Matt Chapman, a call-up from Low-A in just his second Double-A game. Eickhoff could not close out the Hounds in the sixth and the bullpen proceeded to blow a 3-1 lead. Ryan Rodebaugh walked the lone man he faced (the nine hitter) and Joseph Ortiz gave up consecutive run-scoring hits and the two-out rally brought Midland right back into the game.

Star of the Game: SS Hanser Albert0 - 2/4, R

Hanser continues to build off a strong end to the regular season. He has three hits in two postseason games with a double, a run and two RBI.

In case you missed it:

-Midland did not hit a ball out of the infield in the ninth inning.

-A total of three balks were charged in the game (two to Frisco).

-The RoughRiders left the bases loaded in the first and the ninth innings.

-Nick Williams has been red hot at the plate in the playoffs, but continues to be a liability in the field. On Thursday, he drove in two runs on a single to left, but was thrown out trying to sneak into second on the back end of the play to end the inning. Nick also dropped a can of corn in center field in the eighth inning. Jake Skole replaced him in the field in the eighth inning.

-After the ‘Riders scored on a suicide squeeze play in game one, Midland answered with a suicide squeeze of its own on Thursday. The Hounds also socred on a safety squeeze by Conner Crumbliss in the sixth inning.

-There has been at least one unearned run in both games of the series.

 

Game one star Odubel Herrera chats about his strong performance in the playoff opener:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

SDCS Game One Notes: ‘Riders Strike First


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An attack plan of aggressive hitting and baserunning, coupled with sturdy situational pitching, propelled the RoughRiders to a 7-3 win in the opening salvo of the Texas League South Division Championship Series. Click here to read the Game One recap.

Those with a tendency to overreact (guilty) may have grown concerned when the RockHounds put the first two men on base with nobody out in the first. Chi Chi Gonzalez exonerated himself well and picked up three straight outs (good situational pitching) to ferry the game to the bottom of the first when all of a sudden…BANG! The ‘Riders put a six-spot on the board and took control of the game.

Odubel Herrera’s leadoff home run opened the scoring, but Trever Adams turned the tide when he pushed a bunt brilliantly up the third base line. It caught the RockHounds completely off guard in an example of the aggressive hitting tactics employed by Jason Wood’s squad. Joey Gallo then reached on an error by first baseman Hiro Nakajima and Midland suddenly looked rattled. After J.T. Wise bounced out, a wild ball four to Nomar Mazara brought home Adams and the levy broke. The bottom of the order rattled off three straight run-scoring hits and before you could blink, the scoreboard read 6-0 ‘Riders.

Star of the Game: 2B Odubel Herrera – 1/3, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, 2 SO, SAC

He may have been the Texas League batting champion, but few expected Odubel to turn on Nate Long’s 0-2 offering and send it way out of the yard to right field. The native of Zulia, Venezuela only cracked two long balls in the regular season with Frisco, but discovered a pitch in his wheelhouse and delivered the first postseason home run for the RoughRiders.

After the RockHounds chipped away at the lead and made the score 6-2, Odubel came through again on the bunt side of a perfectly executed sacrifice squeeze. It reestablished a five-run advantage for the ‘Riders in the fifth inning and helped discourage any thoughts of a Midland comeback. Odubel helped his team in a multitude of ways at the plate in the form of flashy power and yeoman finesse.

In case you missed it:

-The ‘Riders scored six runs on five hits in the first inning. Five runs scored after Nakajima’s error in the first inning and thus were unearned.

-San Antonio was the last team in the Texas League to score six or more runs in the first inning of a playoff game. The Missions dropped seven run on the RoughRiders in game four of the South Division Championship Series on September 10, 2011.

-The half dozen runs in a single inning is tied for the second-highest run total for the RoughRiders in team history. The ‘Riders also scored six runs in their inaugural season against the Wichita Wranglers on September 4, 2003 in game three of the East Division Championship Series (the divisions were realigned prior to the 2006 season).

-Frisco posted a seven-run fourth inning in game three of the East Division Championship Series against the Tulsa Drillers on September 9, 2004. The ‘Riders would go on to capture their lone Texas League crown later that month.

-Frisco batted around in the first inning and sent ten men to the plate.

-The RoughRiders racked up all eight of their hits in the first three innings…

-…But that didn’t stop the ‘Riders from scoring in the fifth. In an impressive display of small ball, Nick Williams drew a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Hanser Alberto. A throwing error on third baseman Max Muncy allowed Alberto to take two bases and move Williams down to third. Jason Wood boldly called for a sacrifice squeeze and Herrera dropped the bunt right into no man’s land between home plate and the mound. Williams bolted home and scored before the RockHounds even fielded the bunt. It was another unearned run for the ‘Riders.

-Midland first baseman Hiro Nakajima was injured on the Alberto sacrifice and left the game in the fifth inning. Nakajima reached to his left to reel in a wide throw from Muncy at third when his extended arm was clipped by Alberto as he raced to beat the throw. Chad Oberacker replaced Nakajima at first for the rest of the game.

-Midland’s last chance came in the eighth inning. Will Lamb, who pitched a flawless seventh, ran into trouble when Kenny Wilson tripled to start the frame. Lamb then walked Muncy, which brought Josh McElwee out of the bullpen. McElwee allowed an RBI single to Kent Matthes and then walked Jeremy Barfield to reload the bases. Uh oh. But in the finest example of situational pitching last night, McElwee retired the next three batters in order to strand the bases full and hold the Hounds to just one run in the frame. McElwee suddenly turned the corner when he struck out Dusty Coleman on three pitches. D’Arby Myers popped out to short on the second pitch of his at-bat and Oberacker went down swinging to retire the side. McElwee ended the inning on eight straight strikes and flashed a very impressive slider that fooled Midland considerably.

-Jake Skole replaced Nick Williams in center field for the ninth inning.

 

Double-barrel action in the bullpen today featuring Jason Wood and Wednesday’s starter Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

South Division Championship Series: Statistical Comparison

The Texas League South Division Championship Series kicks off tonight. The best-of-five season commences at 7:05 p.m. with Dr Pepper Ballpark serving as the venue for the first two games. A quick glance at the schedule:

  • Game 1 – Tonight, 7:05 p.m. at Dr Pepper Ballpark
  • Game 2 – Thursday, September 4, 7:05 p.m. at Dr Pepper Ballpark
  • Game 3 – Friday, September 5, 7:00 p.m. at Security Bank Ballpark
  • Game 4 (if necessary) – Saturday, September 6, 7:00 p.m. at Security Bank Ballpark
  • Game 5 (if necessary) – Sunday, September 7, 6:05 p.m. at Dr Pepper Ballpark

Now a look at the team stats for Frisco and Midland along with their records against each other in 2014. Texas League rankings included in parentheses. A bolded statistic means a higher ranking compared to the other team:

Frisco RoughRiders: South Division Champions (80-59 overall)

Batting average: .266 (1)

ERA: 3.39 (3)

Runs scored: 642 (2)

Runs allowed: 538 (2nd fewest)

Home runs: 114 (2)

Home runs allowed: 89 (T-3rd fewest)

Stolen bases: 85 (8)

Caught stealing: 57 (2)

Strikeouts: 1069 (4th most)

Walks: 419 (7th most)

Opponent strikeouts: 1136 (2nd most)

Opponent walks: 465 walks (3rd most)

Midland RockHounds: South Division Wild Card (77-63 Overall)

Batting average: .252 (T2)

ERA: 3.71 (5)

Runs scored: 628 (3)

Runs allowed: 592 (5th fewest)

Home runs: 107 (4)

Home runs allowed: 98 (5th fewest)

Stolen bases: 137 (2)

Caught stealing: 43 (fewest)

Strikeouts: 1154 (most)

Walks: 541 (most)

Opponent strikeouts: 981 (7th most)

Opponent walks: 460 (4th most)

2014 Regular Season Series: Frisco won 16-12

At Dr Pepper Ballpark: 9-5 Frisco

At Security Bank Ballpark: 7-7 split

Playoff Series Notes:

Frisco brings an all-time postseason record of 22-20 into the series. The ‘Riders are 14-9 all-time in the Division Championship Series. Midland, meanwhile, is 23-26 all-time in the playoffs. Neither team qualified for the postseason in 2013. This is Frisco’s first appearance since 2012 and Midland’s first since 2010. This series is a rematch of the 2010 South Division Championship Series in which the RockHounds defeated the RoughRiders three games to one. The Hounds lost to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in the Texas League Championship Series that year.

Be sure to listen to our interview with Game 1 starting pitcher, Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez. He chats about his postseason preparation and past experience pitching with the season on the line:

 

Thanks, as always, for tuning in. Here’s to a great postseason run with the RoughRiders!

-Chris V.

Buckle Up


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Here we go. Playoff baseball returns to Dr Pepper Ballpark for the first time since 2012 as the Frisco RoughRiders open up a best-of-five series with the Midland RockHounds for the right to represent the South Division in the Texas League Championship Series. But first, a look back at how the regular season ended.

It’s important not to use the results of the regular season finale against Midland to portend the outcome of the playoff series. However, the ‘Riders have just cause to feel confident. After they dropped Saturday’s game to the Hounds, the RoughRiders needed to win the final two games to secure home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The scenario served as a dry run of sorts to see how the ‘Riders would rise or fall to the challenge of winning a game with something extra on the line. They passed the beta test with flying colors, outscoring Midland by ten runs over the final two games of the regular season. Frisco achieved several season milestones in the process:

  • The RoughRiders posted the best record in the South Division for both the first half (40-29) and second half (40-30) of the season. It’s the first time the ‘Riders have clinched both halves since 2008, a season in which they lost to Arkansas in the Texas League Championship Series.
  • The regular season record of 80-59 is the fourth-best in franchise history. It’s the fifth time in 12 seasons the ‘Riders have reached the 80-win plateau. Eighty wins is also a career high for Jason Wood as a manager.
  • Frisco finished 41-29 at Dr Pepper Ballpark on the season, 39-30 on the road, 51-41 against the South Division and 29-18 against the North Division.

Star of the Game: LHP Andrew Faulkner – 5.0 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 6 K

Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara and Hanser Alberto each hit home runs, but Andrew takes the cake for submitting his finest outing since his August 2 when he won his first Double-A decision. The southpaw looked tired at times (quite understandably) over the final month of the season, but looked rejuvenated on the hill in his first outing in seven days. His five shutout frames serve as an unmistakable confidence boost going into the playoffs. Andrew ended the regular season with his second win as a RoughRider.

In case you missed it:

-In an ironic twist, J.T. Wise was the only RoughRider without a base hit on Monday. That didn’t stop the 28-year-old from receiving Texas League Player of the Week honors for August 25-September 1. J.T. turned in one of the finest offensive weeks on the team this season in the final week. He batted .333 and clocked five home runs in a consecutive four-game stretch and drove in 12 runs. The resident of Las Vegas joined Jake Skole as the only ‘Riders to hit multiple home runs in a game and became the third ‘Rider with a grand slam this year. He posted an incredulous 1.268 in the month of August.

-Frisco went out with a bang offensively, but it’s important to note the damage came off Kyle Finnegan, a call-up from Low-A who made his Double-A debut on Monday. Finnegan likely won’t play in the playoff series, but still, the ‘Riders did what they should have done against a pitcher as green to the level as Finnegan.

-The shutout marked the 12th of the season for the ‘Riders. They finished 12-6 in shutout games for a .667 winning percentage. By comparison, the RockHounds finished 10-5 for a .667 winning percentage as well.

-Gallo: 1-for-2, R, HR, 3 RBI, SF, BB, SO

Joey finished the regular season with a bang, quite literally. After his towering blast to right field in the first inning to open the scoring, Joey finished with 21 homers as a RoughRider and 42 on the season. He ends a thrilling regular season second in the Texas League in home runs behind Telvin Nash’s 22 and second in the minors behind Kris Bryant’s 43. Joey also lead the Carolina League with 21 home runs in a span of just over two months in Advanced-A.

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

1. Joey Gallo (21)

2. Trever Adams (14)

3. J.T. Wise (11)

4. Jake Skole (6)

5. Jorge Alfaro (4)

6. Teodoro Martinez (3)

6. Nomar Mazara (3)

8. Odubel Herrera (2)

8. Hanser Alberto (2)

10. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

Hear from the hottest hitter in the Texas League at the end of the regular season, J.T. Wise:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Midland One Win Away From Second-Half Crown


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The RoughRiders played their longest nine-inning game of the season on Saturday night, a three-hour and 37-minute affair that ended in favor of Midland. Click here to read the full game recap.

Frisco erased two deficits, but never led in the contest. The ‘Riders fell behind 4-0 in the second inning, and the game seemed in danger of slipping away when the the horsemen rallied to even the score in the fifth. Trever Adams tied the game at 5-5 with a solo home run in the seventh. A sacrifice fly from Hiro Nakajima, who had two RBI and a home run last night, proved the decisive score in the top of the ninth.

In an effort to preserve the arms of their starting pitchers, the ‘Riders relied exclusively on the bullpen and started Kyle Lotzkar on Saturday. Lotzkar has been vastly improved in the second half of the season, but reverted back to his first-half character (when, perhaps not coincidentally, he made seven starts) and could not survive the second inning.

Joseph Ortiz and Will Lamb each allowed go-ahead runs to Midland after the offense had battled to tie the score. The ‘pen never let the game get out of hand, but could not quell the RockHounds’ attack long enough for the bats to take the lead.

What does it all mean? Midland now owns a one game lead in the second-half standings, and the ‘Riders need to win the final two games of the regular season in order to take the second-half crown and secure home field advantage against the Hounds in the playoffs.

Star of the Game: C J.T. Wise - 2/4, R, HR, 3 RBI, SO

Another great night for J.T., who homered for the third night in-a-row to get the ‘Riders on the board in the fourth. He tied the game one inning later on a two-RBI single to center.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders have been striking out in droves. They went down on the K-ball 10 times on Saturday after averaging just under 11 strikeouts/game on their seven-game road trip.

-Teodoro Martinez was the only ‘Rider to not reach base.

-Hanser Alberto batted 0-for-4 and saw his 13-game hitting streak come to an end. He did reach base on an error in the sixth.

-Gallo: 0-for-4, RBI, BB, SO

Joey launched a deep fly ball to right-center in the seventh but Kent Matthes caught up to it in time. He drew a five-pitch walk with the bases loaded in the fifth to pick up his 52nd RBI as a RoughRider.

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

1. Joey Gallo (20)

2. Trever Adams (14)

3. J.T. Wise (9)

4. Jake Skole (5)

5. Jorge Alfaro (4)

6. Teodoro Martinez (3)

7. Odubel Herrera (2)

7. Nomar Mazara (2)

9. Patrick Cantwell (1)

9. Hanser Alberto (1)

 

Nick Williams is one of three RoughRiders named to the 2014 Carolina League Post-Season All-Star team. He talks about the accolades he’s reeled in this season, including an invitation to play in the Arizona Fall League:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

In For a Fun Ride


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The ‘Riders dropped the series finale with Corpus Christi on Friday night. Midland knocked off San Antonio and arrives at Dr Pepper Ballpark 2 1/2 games behind the RoughRiders for the best record in the Texas League with three to play. Click here to read Friday’s  game recap.

Frisco and Midland now have identical second-half records heading into the final series of the regular season. The math is obvious. Whoever wins this series will finish with the best second-half record in the South Division. This is important because the second-half winner is awarded home field advantage in the division championship series. For the RoughRiders, a series win guarantees a decisive game five in the South Division Championship Series will be played at Dr Pepper Ballpark against Midland.

Even if the RoughRiders lose 2-of-3 and finish with a better overall record than the RockHounds, Midland would still receive game five at their ballpark as second-half champs. So, buckle up. There’s a lot at stake as the regular season concludes.

Star of the Game: C J.T. Wise - 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2B, RBI, 2 SO

The cogs started to turn for J.T. on the road trip, in particular against Corpus Christi. The backstop belted home runs in the final two games of the series and now has eight since joining the squad in mid-July.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders have been striking out in droves. They went down on the K-ball 15 times on Friday and 50 times in the four-game series.

-Mike Hauschild devastated the ‘Riders on Friday and picked up eight strikeouts in four innings en route to his first save with the Hooks this season.

-For just the 13th time this season, the ‘Riders outhit their opponent, but lost the game.

-Nick Williams was the only ‘Rider to not reach base.

-Hanser Alberto extended his hitting streak to 13 with a single in the fourth. He finished 2-for-3 at the plate and tied his season-high with hits in 13 straight games.

-Frisco finished the seven-game road swing with a 4-3 record. The ‘Riders also finished their regular season road slate with a 39-30 record and posted an 18-14 record against the Hooks in 2014.

-Gallo: DNP

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

1. Joey Gallo (20)

2. Trever Adams (13)

3. J.T. Wise (8)

4. Jake Skole (5)

5. Jorge Alfaro (4)

6. Teodoro Martinez (3)

7. Odubel Herrera (2)

7. Nomar Mazara (2)

9. Patrick Cantwell (1)

9. Hanser Alberto (1)

 

The Texas League Post-Season All-Star talks about his leadership role in the clubhouse and the club’s recent downturn at the plate:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Master Drillers


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The ‘Riders would gladly play more cames at ONEOK Field if the schedule allowed. On Sunday, Frisco completed a three-game sweep of the Drillers and will finish the regular season 5-0 in the Oil City. The RoughRiders mastered Tulsa from the start and won 9-of-11 (with one game cancelled) in 2014. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Alec Asher - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

Alec book-ended the six-game road trip with a pair of victories on the hill. After falling to 8-11, the Big Cat has raised his season record to 10-11 and has allowed just one unearned run in his last 12 innings. Alec did not walk a batter over the course of his six innings on Sunday and never allowed multiple baserunners in a single inning.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders finish their slate of games against the North Division with a 29-18 record.

-Odubel Herrera batted leadoff and turned in a three-hit night (all singles) with two runs and two stolen bases. Odubel now has 11 swiped bags as a RoughRider this season.

-Jorge Alfaro picked up three hits as well including a double and a run scored in the ninth inning.

-Teodoro Martinez extended his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games with an RBI double in the sixth.

-Trever Adams scored two runs and now has 63 on the season, third-most in the Texas League.

-Nick Williams has a double and triple through his first two games in the Texas League.

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

Joey got a hold of a ninth-inning offering from lefty Kraig Sitton and bopped his second home run of the series. The blast was Joey’s 40th of the season and 19th as a RoughRider. On a historical note, Joey becomes the first minor league player since Ron Kittle in 1981-1982 to hit 40 homers in consecutive seasons. He is once again tied with Kris Bryant for the most home runs in the minors and trails Corpus Christi’s Telvin Nash by one for the Texas League lead.

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

1. Joey Gallo (19)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (11)

4. J.T. Wise (6)

5. Jake Skole (5)

6. Teodoro Martinez (3)

6. Jorge Alfaro (3)

8. Chris Grayson (2)

8. Odubel Herrera (2)

8. Nomar Mazara (2)

11. Patrick Cantwell (1)

11. Hanser Alberto (1)

 

Jason Wood shares his thoughts on the changed dynamic of the team with an influx of young prospects over the course of the season:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Déjà Vu


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It was déjà vu all over again for the ‘Riders and no one complained as Frisco came out on the right side of an 8-2 final score for the second night in a row. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez - 7.0 IP, 6 H, R, 2 BB, 8 K

Pitching in front of friends and family in Tulsa, Chi Chi turned in his sixth straight winning decision to move his Double-A record to 7-3 (12-5 on the season) with a 2.02 ERA (2.32 overall). The ‘Riders took the reins off the right-hander for the first time and he turned in his longest outing with Frisco both in terms of innings and pitch count (106 pitches and 74 strikes). Chi Chi played collegiately at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, hence the high concentration of supporters. The native of Delray Beach, Florida was especially keen with runners on the bases and stranded runners in scoring position in four of his seven innings. He has become the Luke Jackson of the second half for the RoughRiders.

In case you missed it:

-Nomar Mazara deserves an honorable mention for his performance at the plate on Saturday. He finished the night 2-for-4 with two runs, a double, a home run and four RBI.

As if the pure numbers aren’t enough to validate his case, the timeliness of his extra-base knocks enhanced the impact of his line. His second Double-A homer in the second got the ‘Riders on the board and into the lead, not to mention it came off Eddie Butler, a pitcher with big league experience this season. In the ninth, with the RoughRiders clinging to a 3-2 lead, Nomar provided his squad with a much-needed cushion on a ringing two-run double to right. The Dominican made the Drillers pay for a costly error earlier in the frame and tipped off a five-run frame for the ‘Riders who made the final score look rather lopsided.

-All five of the RoughRiders’ runs in the ninth were unearned because of an error on shortstop Taylor Featherston. If Featherston makes the play on a Nick Williams grounder, the inning is over with the score still 3-2.

-Speaking of Nick Williams, the newest RoughRider batted 1-for-4 in his Double-A debut with two runs and a double. He reached base three times including a wild-pitch strikeout and the aforementioned error on Featherston in the ninth.

-Teodoro Martinez extended his hitting streak to a season-high ten games with an RBI single in the ninth.

-Trevor Story has been almost the sole source of offense for the Drillers in this series. The Irving High School alumnus pummeled his third home run against the RoughRiders in five games on Saturday.

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

Butler struck Joey out in the first, but the slugger extracted revenge in the fourth on the first pitch of the inning. Butler dropped one right into Joey’s sweet spot (low and inside) and he knocked out to right-center for his 18th home run with the RoughRiders. It’s home run number 39 for Joey this season and he trails Corpus Christi’s Telvin Nash by two in the Texas League home run race.

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

1. Joey Gallo (18)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (11)

4. J.T. Wise (6)

5. Jake Skole (5)

6. Teodoro Martinez (3)

6. Jorge Alfaro (3)

8. Chris Grayson (2)

8. Odubel Herrera (2)

8. Nomar Mazara (2)

11. Patrick Cantwell (1)

11. Hanser Alberto (1)

 

If Teo had his way, the Tulsa Drillers would be on the schedule for more than 12 games. Café has two four-hit games against the Drillers this season and has been scorching hot in the month of August. He also talks about the influence of his father, a former major leaguer, on his development as a ballplayer:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Trampled By Teo & Thompson

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 let loose some frustration on Tulsa after a difficult series in Springfield, particularly on the offensive side. Four hits from Teodoro Martinez and five strong innings from Jake Thompson helped the ‘Riders trample Tulsa 8-2. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: LF Teodoro Martinez – 4/5, R, 3 RBI, SO

Teo has come to life in August and has posted a .474 batting average in the month. The dog days were tough on Teo, but his season batting average has risen to .289 and he is on a ten-game hitting streak, his longest of the season.

In case you missed it:

-In addition to Teo, four other ‘Riders had multiple hits on Friday night: Guilder Rodriguez (2-for-5, 2B, RBI), Trever Adams (2-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI, ROE), Nomar Mazara (2-for-5, 2B, RBI) and Hanser Alberto (2-for-4, RBI).

-Every ‘Rider reached base safely at least once in the game.

-The RoughRiders smacked five doubles on the night and three in the third inning.

-After eight games without a double, Trever Adams cracked two against the Drillers to move his season total to 34. He trails Texas League leader Alex Yarbrough by three.

-Patrick Cantwell was hit by a pitch for the 19th time this season, the most in the Texas League.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-4, 2 R, 2B, BB

After a night off on Thursday, Joey looked rejuvenated and smacked his tenth Double-A double.

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

1. Joey Gallo (17)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (11)

4. J.T. Wise (6)

5. Jake Skole (5)

6. Teodoro Martinez (3)

6. Jorge Alfaro (3)

8. Chris Grayson (2)

8. Odubel Herrera (2)

10. Patrick Cantwell (1)

10. Nomar Mazara (1)

10. Hanser Alberto (1)

 

Strength and conditioning coach Eric McMahon gives the inside scoop on what it takes to keep a baseball player in peak condition over the course of a long season:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

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