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Saddle Up: Riders at Corpus Christi (5/14/16)

GAME #35
Frisco RoughRiders (23-11) at Corpus Christi Hooks (19-15)
Saturday, May 14 – 7:05 p.m.
Whataburger Field – Corpus Christi, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Corpus Christi 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 4 of 5 (Hooks lead, 2-1)
This season: Game 11 of 32 (Hooks lead, 6-4)

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Ryan Cordell had two of Frisco’s six hits in the doubleheader Friday

FRISCO LINEUP

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

LHP Victor Payano (4-0, 3.24 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: DH Friday at Corpus Christi (L, 5-2 and 6-5)

Game one – Box Score / Recap
Game two – Box Score / Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Hooks broadcaster Michael Coffin

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The Riders were swept in a doubleheader 5-2 and 6-0 in Corpus Christi yesterday…They trailed 13 of the 14 innings of the twinbill and were outhit 20-6…RYAN CORDELL was an offensive bright spot, tying game one at 2-2 with a two-run homer and collecting the only RoughRiders hit in the second game…SAM WOLFF allowed a career-high 10 hits in the game one start, surrendering five runs, while DAVID PEREZ was touched up for five runs on eight hits in just 2.1 innings in game two…The RoughRiders have lost four straight ballgames, the longest such stretch this season.

BUSH IN THE BIGS:
After being on the Riders roster from Opening Day until Thursday, Matt Bush was promoted straight to the Major Leagues yesterday. The right-handed pitcher worked a 1-2-3 inning for the Texas Rangers on Friday night against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. Bush struck out Josh Donaldson looking with a 97 mph fastball and then got Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion to pop out.

HOW SWEEP IT ISN’T:
The Riders were swept in yesterday’s doubleheader, dropping both games to Corpus Christi and scoring just two runs in 14 innings. The last time Frisco dropped both games of a twinbill was last year on June 16 at Whataburger Field. The Riders were shut out in both games (2-0 and 5-0) and went on to lose all four games in the series.

TROUBLE WITH THE HOOKS:
Corpus Christi is the only team in the Texas League with a winning record against the RoughRiders this season. In 10 meetings with the Hooks, Frisco is 4-6. The Riders have now dropped the last five contests after starting off 4-1 against Corpus Christi.

WHATABURGER WOES:
Of the seven road ballparks in the Texas League, the Riders have the worst overall record at Whataburger Field. Since the Hooks entered the league in 2005, Frisco has an 82-95 record (.462 winning percentage) in games at Corpus Christi. This season, the Riders are 2-4 at Whataburger and have lost four consecutive games there.

RIDING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS:
The 23-11 record ties the the 2008 squad for the best record through 34 games in team history. The 2008 RoughRiders finished with an 84-56 record and lost to Arkansas in the Texas League championship series.

GOING STREAKING:
RYAN CORDELL has been off to a great start in 2016, including a Texas League Player of the Week and Player of the Month honor. Although his 17-game hitting streak came to an end on May 2, he has continued his on-base streak to an MiLB-leading 33 games yesterday with a home run in the first game and the Riders’ only hit in the second game. Dating back to the final three games of 2015, he has reached base in 36 straight contests.

STRIKEOUT FEVER:
After striking out 180 hitters in the first 23 games (7.8 SO/9 IP), Riders pitching has amassed 103 punchouts in the last 11 games (9.4 per game). In addition, three starters have set career-highs in single-game strikeouts recently (VICTOR PAYANO, 13; SAM WOLFF, 10; CONNOR SADZECK, 9).

“ONE”-DERFUL IN CLOSE GAMES:
Despite leading the Texas League in run differential (+41), Frisco has played in 11 one-run contests, winning seven, over the last 18 games. The Riders have an 8-5 record in games decided by one run this year and are 3-1 in games decided by two runs.

CUT THEM SOME SLACK:
Reliever RYNE SLACK is in the midst of an impressive stretch, not having allowed a hit in his last 11 2/3 innings of work. He still has yet to permit a run in 14 1/3 innings of relief work this season, and his .049 opposing average is the best in the Texas League.

HOME IS WHERE THE ‘PEN IS:
Right-handed pitcher JOSE LECLERC has made a marked improvement since transitioning from the starting rotation to the bullpen. Leclerc had an ERA of 7.88 in two starts, but has allowed just two earned runs in 11.0 innings of relief, good for a 1.64 ERA.

KINER CAN CATCH:
RoughRiders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA has found a new skillset, and it comes from behind the plate. The 21-year-old is catching for the first time in his career this season, having made six starts behind the plate. The new position has worked incredibly well for Kiner-Falefa, who has caught the last three baserunners who have run on his watch. He had not allowed a passed ball for the first five games until allowing one in the first game yesterday.

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate with a winning record. Every full-season affiliate in the organization has a record above .500, as Class A Hickory enters the day at 23-11, Class A-Advanced High Desert is 23-12, and Triple-A Round Rock is 18-16. Three of the four affiliates currently lead their respective divisions. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 87-50 (.635), which is the second-best winning percentage among all Minor League systems behind Cleveland. Round Rock was recently ranked the fifth-best Minor League team (any level) by MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

TOP OF THE CLASS:
The RoughRiders enter the season with six players ranked in either Baseball America or MLBPipeline.com’s Rangers Top 30 Prospects. LEWIS BRINSON, the No. 2 prospect in Rangers’ farm system according to MLBPipeline.com and Baseball America, returns to Frisco. He appeared in 28 games for the Riders last season, hitting .291 with six home runs and 23 RBI before being promoted to Round Rock. Brinson is joined by five other players named in the lists—RYAN CORDELL (No. 15 in MLB, No. 11 in BA), RONALD GUZMAN (23, 29), JOSE LECLERC (25, 21), SAM WOLFF (26, NR), and CONNOR SADZECK (27, 26).

OPPOSING STARTER:
Acquired as the player-to-be-named-later by the Astros to complete a trade, with Danry Vasquez, with the Tigers for Jose Veras, David Paulino gets the start today for the Corpus Christi Hooks. While Paulino has pitched well this year, he is winless in six outings, including four starts, with a 2.08 ERA in 26.0 innings of work. Originally signed by the Tigers for just $75,000 in 2010, Paulino faced multiple injuries during his time in Detroit, undergoing two shoulder surgeries in 2012 and battling elbow problems through his time with the Tigers. After going to Houston, Paulino missed all of the 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He pitched over three levels (A- to A+) last season, and Houston made the aggressive promotion to Double-A for him to begin this year after a spring as an invitee to big league Spring Training…REPERTOIRE: Paulino has a 91-98 mph 4-seam FASTBALL, excellent spin on his 78-79 mph 11-to-5 CURVEBALL, and a CHANGEUP that has occasional sink.

Matt Bush finally gets the call

Bush Promotion v2.1

It’s been almost 12 years since Matt Bush was selected first overall by the San Diego Padres. But 12 years, 65 career minor-league games, and four organizations later, Bush finally got the call to “the show” today and he’ll join the Rangers tonight in Arlington for the series opener against Toronto.

Much has been written about Bush’s history, so there’s no need to waste time rehashing that. Instead, I want to take a moment to celebrate his arrival to the big leagues.

For the handful of interactions I had with Bush during his time in Frisco, he was nothing but humble, polite, and respectful. Anyone I talked to who had also met him said very similar things. To me, he seemed like a guy who understood the opportunity he had been given by the Rangers organization when they signed him this past offseason, and wasn’t going to take any of it for granted.

041416 Bush, Matt (Photo Credit - Frisco RoughRiders)He was a lot of fun to watch, with the way he uncorked fastballs in the upper 90s, then caught hitters off guard with his curveball, and eventually, his slider. Given how long he was away from organized baseball, it’s astounding what he’s been able to do in such a short amount of time.

Kevin Sherrington’s article in the Dallas Morning News from earlier this week does a nice job of encompassing Bush’s return, and the on-field and off-field challenges associated with it. There was nothing easy about it, but he finally made it to the top of the mountain.

Bush is an easy guy to root for, given how much he’s overcome to finally make the big leagues. Perhaps other guys in the same situation would’ve thrown in the towel and just given up, but not Bush. He seems ready for the brighter lights that come with the territory of being a major leaguer and we can only hope he shines bright when he finally gets the chance to throw a pitch as a big leaguer, 12 years after the whole journey began.

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Bushie – A minor league player

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders at Corpus Christi (5/12/16)

GAME #32
Frisco RoughRiders (23-8) at Corpus Christi Hooks (16-15)
Thursday, May 12 – 7:05 p.m.
Whataburger Field – Corpus Christi, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Corpus Christi 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 5
This season: Game 8 of 32 (Riders lead, 4-3)

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RHP Connor Sadzeck recorded a career-high nine strikeouts in his last start.

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 3B
  2. Ryan Cordell – RF
  3. Lewis Brinson – CF
  4. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  5. Alex Burg – C
  6. Joe Jackson – DH
  7. Garrett Weber – 2B
  8. Zach Cone – LF
  9. Alberto Triunfel – SS

RHP Connor Sadzeck (4-0, 2.60 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Tuesday vs. Midland (L, 5-3)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Outfielder Lewis Brinson

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:

The RoughRiders dropped the series and homestand finale with the Midland RockHounds 5-3 at Dr Pepper Ballpark, splitting the series two games a side…The Riders trailed the entire contest, as Midland scored three runs off of FRANK LOPEZ in the third and never gave up their lead…Yairo Munoz added his third home run in two days, and RYON HEALYadded a fifth run in the seventh…Frisco scored a pair of unearned runs in the fifth and plated one in the ninth inning, but the rally fell short…MATT BUSH tossed one inning of scoreless ball, and REED GARRETT limited the Hounds to two runs over the final four frames.

NO MINOR FEAT:

Entering the day at 23-8 (.742), the Riders have the best winning percentage among all 120 full-season affiliates in Minor League Baseball.

RIDING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS:

The 23-8 record marks the best 31-game start in team history, besting the 2008 squad that started 22-9. The 2008 RoughRiders, finished with an 84-56 record and lost to Arkansas in the Texas League championship series.

GOING STREAKING:

RYAN CORDELL has been off to a great start in 2016, including a Texas League Player of the Week and Player of the Month honor. Although his 17-game hitting streak came to an end after going 0-for-3 last Monday, he continued his on-base streak to an MiLB-leading 30 games by reaching twice Tuesday night. Dating back to the final three games of 2015, he has reached base in 33 straight contests.

CONDOR FLYING HIGH:

RONALD “CONDOR” GUZMAN is tearing it up as of late. His third-longest on-base streak in the Texas League came to an end at 17 games Tuesday. He had hits in 15 of those 17 games, and RBI in ten. In that span, he hit .381 with six doubles, three home runs, and 13 RBI.

STRIKEOUT FEVER:

After striking out 180 hitters in the first 23 games (7.8 SO/9 IP), Riders pitching has amassed 81 punchouts in the last eight games (10.1 per game). In addition, three starters have set career-highs in single-game strikeouts recently (VICTOR PAYANO, 13; SAM WOLFF, 10; CONNOR SADZECK, 9).

“ONE”-DERFUL IN CLOSE GAMES:

Despite leading the Texas League in run differential (+51), Frisco has played in 10 one-run contests, winning seven, over the last 15 games. The Riders have a 8-4 record in games decided by one run this year and are 3-1 in games decided by two runs.

CUT THEM SOME SLACK:

Reliever RYNE SLACK is in the midst of an impressive stretch, not having allowed a hit in his last 11 2/3 innings of work. He still has yet to permit a run in 14 1/3 innings of relief work this season, and his .049 opposing average is the best in the Texas League.

STARTING SERIES STRONG:

Through the first nine series of the season, the Riders have an 8-1 record in series openers. Their only blemish was Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Midland to open the four-game set. The Riders have won six of their first nine series, including two sweeps of Northwest Arkansas and San Antonio.

HOME IS WHERE THE ‘PEN IS:

Right-handed pitcher JOSE LECLERC has made a marked improvement since transitioning from the starting rotation to the bullpen. Leclerc had an ERA of 7.88 in two starts, but has allowed just one earned run in 11.0 innings of relief, good for a 0.82 ERA. Among active relievers, only RYNE SLACK has a better ERA (0.00).

KINER CAN CATCH:

RoughRiders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA has found a new skillset, and it comes from behind the plate. The 21-year-old is catching for the first time in his career this season, having made five starts behind the plate. The new position has worked incredibly well for Kiner-Falefa, who has caught the last three baserunners who have run on his watch, including Midland’s Matt Chapman Saturday night. He also has yet to have a passed ball.

OPPOSING STARTER:

Right-hander Cy Sneed, named after the great Cy Young, came to the Astros from the Brewers organization during the offseason in a trade for Jonathan Villlar. Sneed was a third-round draft pick of the Brewers in 2014 out of Dallas Baptist University. His arsenal includes a fastball in the low-mid 90s, a changeup, curveball and splitter…Cy’s older brother Zeb preceded him to pro ball as the Royals’ 11th-round pick in 2011.

Slack and teammates star in the community

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Ryne Slack has been a star on the mound early on for the RoughRiders. Monday, he became a star in the community, too.

Slack and six of his teammates – Ryan Cordell, Joe Jackson, Sam Wolff, Kellin Deglan, Adam Parks, and Cody Palmquist – visited with patients at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas before Monday’s game against Midland, as part of a partnership with Children’s Health.

“I’ve always wanted to do stuff like that,” said Slack. “I enjoy going out in the community. It’s kind of a big part of why I enjoy playing professional baseball. You can give back a lot more. You can do things you necessarily couldn’t do if you weren’t in this spot.”

The Riders in attendance had a chance to visit and play with some of the patients at the hospital during their stay. Slack, who visited another area hospital last year when he was with the RoughRiders, said he’s learned just how much a role model he can be for kids and others in the community.

“Those kids look up to you and you think, ‘to me, I’m nothing’,” said Slack. “It’s just awesome seeing their eyes light up and making a fun day out of it.”

Monday’s visit was one of just a handful of community initiatives put on by the RoughRiders this year, both with the players and members of the front office staff in an effort to be an active part of the local community. There’s still more to come, too.

“It just fills your heart up with joy,” said Slack. “It really does.”

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Full House –  Synonym of bases loaded

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

What’s in the name? Ryan Cordell vs. Ryon Healy

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As we mentioned earlier in the week, the RoughRiders and Midland RockHounds are two very evenly-matched teams.

Not only are the teams very similar statistically, but two of their best players match up quite well also. And coincidentally, they share the same first name (although spelled differently).

Ryan Cordell and Ryon Healy have not only been putting up similar numbers this year, but throughout their entire Minor League careers as well. Let’s have a look, shall we?

Ryan C. Ryon H.
Birthplace: San Diego, California West Hills, California
Age: 24 (3/31/92) 24 (1/10/92)
Bats/Throws: R/R R/R
Height, Weight: 6’4″, 195 lbs. 6’5″, 225 lbs.
School: Liberty Oregon
Drafted: Round 11 (2013, TEX) Round 3 (2013, OAK)
MLB Pipeline Rank: 15 in Rangers farm system 17 in Athletics farm system
In Double-A: 2nd season 2nd season
’16 Average: .355 (3rd in Texas League) .339 (4th in Texas League)
’16 On-Base %: .405 .411 (T-2nd in Texas League)
’16 Slugging %: .720 (1st in MiLB) .645 (2nd in Texas League)
’16 Home Runs: 8 (T-2nd in Texas League) 7 (5th in Texas League)
’16 RBI: 30 (2nd in Texas League) 31 (1st in Texas League)
’16 Runs: 27 (T-1st in Texas League) 24 (3rd in Texas League)
’16 Extra-base hits: 20 (2nd in Texas League) 21 (1st in Texas League)
’16 Strikeouts: 31 32
Career Average: .286 .289
Career On-Base %: .350 .327
Career Slugging %: .476 .444
Career Home Runs: 44 39
Career RBI: 187 205
Career Runs: 210 176
Career XBH: 120 126
Career Strikeouts: 276 221

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: futility player – A player who plays many positions, none of them well.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Midland (5/9/16)

GAME #30
Frisco RoughRiders (22-7) vs. Midland RockHounds (18-12)
Monday, May 9 – 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 3 of 4 (Tied, 1-1)
This season: Game 3 of 28 (Tied, 1-1)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Richelson Pena (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Sunday vs. Midland (W, 3-2)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: LHP Juan Grullon

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:

After dropping a one-run contest Saturday, the Riders turned the tables on Midland Sunday, knocking off the RockHounds, 3-2…RONALD GUZMAN hit the decisive solo homer in the fourth inning, his fifth long ball of the year… Frisco’s other two RBI came from PRESTON BECK on a game-tying two-run single in the second…JUAN GRULLON and RYNE SLACK combined to work four hitless innings out of the bullpen to preserve the win for starter VICTOR PAYANO.

NO MINOR FEAT:

Entering the day at 22-7 (.759), the Riders have the best winning percentage among all 120 full- season affiliates in Minor League Baseball.

RIDING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS:

The 22-7 record marks the best 29-game start in team history, besting the 2008 squad that started 21-8. The 2008 RoughRiders, finished with an 84-56 record and lost to Arkansas in the Texas League championship series.

GOING STREAKING:

RYAN CORDELL has been off to a great start in 2016, including a Texas League Player of the Week and Player of the Month honor. Although his 17-game hitting streak came to an end after going 0-for-3 last Monday, he continued his on- base streak to 28 games Sunday with a single and a walk. Dating back to the final three games of 2015, he has reached base in 31 straight contests.

CONDOR FLYING HIGH:

RONALD “Condor” GUZMAN is tearing it up as of late, having reached base safely in 16 straight games, the third-longest active streak in the Texas League. He has hits in 14 of those 16 games, and RBI in ten. In that span, he’s hitting .390, with five doubles, three home runs, and 13 RBI. Guzman went 2-for-3 with the decisive home run in the fourth inning last night.

STRIKEOUT FEVER:

After striking out 180 hitters in the first 23 games (7.8 SO/9 IP), Riders pitching has amassed 65 punchouts in the last six games (10.8). In addition, three starters have set career-highs in single-game strikeouts this week (VICTOR PAYANO, 13; SAM WOLFF, 10; CONNOR SADZECK, 9).

“ONE”-DERFUL IN CLOSE GAMES:

Despite leading the Texas League in run differential (+52), Frisco has played in nine one-run contests, winning six, over the last 14 games. The Riders have a 7-4 record in games decided by one run this year and are 3-0 in games decided by two runs.

CUT THEM SOME SLACK:

Reliever RYNE SLACK is in the midst of an impressive stretch, not having allowed a hit in his last 11 2/3 innings of work. He still has yet to permit a run in 14 1/3 innings of relief work this season, and his .049 opposing average is the best in the Texas League.

THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER:

Part of the key for the Riders historic start to the season has been the strong bullpen, protecting leads late in games. The bullpen holds an ERA of just 2.32 through the first 29 games and has wiggled out of numerous late-game jams. MATT BUSH has five saves, ADAM PARKS has three, RYNE SLACK has a pair, and the team is 10-for-11 overall in save situations.

KINER CAN CATCH:

RoughRiders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA has found a new skillset, and it comes from behind the plate. The 21-year-old is catching for the first time in his career this season, having made five starts behind the plate. The new position has worked incredibly well for Kiner-Falefa, who has caught the last three baserunners who have run on his watch, including Midland’s Matt Chapman Saturday night. He also has yet to have a passed ball.

SEPARATION IN THE SIXTH:

The RoughRiders have found immense success, both at the plate and on the mound, in the sixth inning this season. Frisco has outscored opponents, 33-13, in the sixth frame through 29 games. The Riders struck for their biggest inning of the year with a six-run sixth on April 14 vs. Northwest Arkansas.

RANGER DANGER:

The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate off to a hot start. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 80-39 (.672), which is the best winning percentage among all minor-league systems. Class A-Advanced High Desert Class-A Hickory enters the day at 21-9, while Class A-Advaned High Desert is 21-9, and Triple-A Round Rock is 17-12. Three of the four affiliates currently lead their respective divisions. Round Rock was recently ranked the fifth-best Minor League team (any level) by MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

Inside the Matchup: RoughRiders vs. RockHounds

Ryan Cordell is at the top of the Texas League in numerous offensive categories.

Ryan Cordell is at the top of the Texas League in numerous offensive categories.

The RoughRiders series with the Midland RockHounds is a matchup of the teams with the two best records in the Texas League. Frisco is still in first place at 21-7 after dropping last night’s close 4-3 contest, but Midland is just 3.5 games behind the Riders with an 18-11 record.

Midland served as a major roadblock to the Riders on the quest for success last season. Frisco won just eight of the 28 games against the RockHounds in 2015.

However, the Riders do have a slight 164-161 all-time edge in games with Midland since Frisco began Texas League play in 2003. The Riders have also won more series (40) against Midland than any other team in the Texas League.

So far this year, the RoughRiders and RockHounds have had two of the best offenses in the Texas League. In both individual and team statistics, the lists are peppered with players from Frisco and Midland.

Team statistics (offense):

Category: Frisco (league rank): Midland (league rank):
Batting avg. .273 (1st) .271 (2nd)
On-base % .337 (2nd) 5.3 (1st)
Slugging % .439 (1st) .435 (2nd)
Runs/game 5.2 (2nd) 5.3 (1st)
Hits/game 9.1 (2nd) 9.4 (1st)
Extra-base hits 91 (2nd) 98 (1st)
Doubles 53 (3rd) 61 (1st)
Triples 13 (1st) 18 (T-2nd)
Home runs 25 (5th) 29 (T-3rd)

Individual statistics (offense):

Category: Frisco player (rank): Midland player (rank):
Batting avg. Ronald Guzman (.351, 3rd)

Ryan Cordell (.343, 5th)

Ryon Healy (.350, 4th)

Viosergy Rosa (.308, 7th)

 

Home runs None in Top 5 Matt Chapman (9, 1st)

Healy (7, 4th)

 

RBI Cordell (27, 2nd)

Zach Cone (21, T-3rd)

Healy (31, 1st)

 

 

Hits Cordell (35, 3rd) Healy (41, T-1st)

 

 

Doubles Cordell (9, T-4th) Healy (11, 1st)

Rosa (10, T-2nd)

 

On-base % Guzman (.419, 4th) Rosa (.422, 2nd)

Healy (.421, 3rd)

 

Slugging % Cordell (.667, 3rd) Healy (.675, 2nd)

 

 

Extra-base hits Cordell (18, 2nd) Healy (21, 1st)

Chapman (15, 4th)

 

Runs scored Cordell (24, 2nd) Chapman (26, 1st)

Healy (23, 3rd)

Jaycob Brugman (22, 4th)

Triples Cordell (3, T-2nd) Healy (3, T-2nd)

 

 

Total bases Cordell (68, 2nd) Healy (79, 1st)

Chapman (63, 3rd)

 

Base on balls None in Top 5 Rosa (18, T-1st)

Chapman (16, T-3rd)

 

These are two evenly-matched teams, and it was apparent in last night’s back-and-forth ballgame. Frisco will play Midland 28 times this season, as the two will become very familiar adversaries. With the impressive starts these two clubs have had, it should make for some exciting baseball.

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: gooseberry – A bruise from sliding.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Lights, camera, action! Riders shine in the spotlight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Steve

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

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders at San Antonio (5/6/16)

GAME #27
Frisco RoughRiders (20-6) at San Antonio Missions (9-18)
Friday, May 6 – 7:05 p.m.
Wolff Stadium (San Antonio, TX)
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Watch: MiLB.TV (San Antonio feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 4 of 4 (Riders lead, 3-0)
This season: Game 8 of 32 (Riders lead, 7-0)

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Isiah Kiner-Falefa produced his second four-hit game of the season Thursday night in San Antonio

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – SS
  2. Garrett Weber – 3B
  3. Lewis Brinson – CF
  4. Ryan Cordell – RF
  5. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  6. Zach Cone – LF
  7. Joe Jackson – DH
  8. Alberto Triunfel – 2B
  9. Kellin Deglan – C

RHP Connor Sadzeck (3-0, 2.93 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Thursday at San Antonio (W, 11-4)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
Unloading on the Missions for a season-high 11 runs, the RoughRiders captured a series win with an 11-4 victory…Frisco led 9-0 before San Antonio put together a four-run sixth inning…The Riders scored in seven different innings, including a five-run sixth inning…RONALD GUZMAN and PRESTON BECK homered late, both solo shots…ISIAH KINER-FALEFA put together a four-hit game…The bullpen worked two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, as JOSE LECLERC (2.0 IP) and JOSE VALDESPINA (2.0 IP) combined to retire the final 12 batters of the contest.

ON A MISSION:
With the win last night, the RoughRiders are 7-0 against San Antonio this season and have won their last ten games against the Missions, dating back to last season. The RoughRiders have dominated the season-series thus far, outscoring the Missions by 2.6 runs per game, hitting .299 to San Antonio’s .226. The Riders are out-homering the Missions 8-4 and have 27 extra-base hits to San Antonio’s 15. The Missions have the edge in one category, however: stolen bases, where they lead 7 to 1.

RIDING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS:
At 20-6, the RoughRiders have the best 26-game start in team history, besting the 2008 squad. The 2008 RoughRiders, 19-7 through 26 games, finished with an 84-56 record and lost to Arkansas in the Texas League championship series.

CONDOR FLYING HIGH:
Ronald “Condor” Guzman is tearing it up of late. Riding a current eight-game hit streak in which he is slashing .467/.529/.867, Guzman has a pair of homers and nine RBI during the streak. His 1.396 OPS is fifth in Double-A baseball since the start of the hit streak on April 27.

GOING STREAKING:
Cordell has not only been off to a great start, but he’s been producing consistently for Frisco early in 2016. Although his 17-game hitting streak came to an end after going 0-for-3 Monday, he continued his season-long on-base streak to 25 games last night with a single in the fifth inning. Dating back to the final three games of 2015, he has reached base in 28 straight contests.

“ONE”-DERFUL IN CLOSE GAMES:
Despite leading the Texas League in run differential (+47), Frisco has played in seven one-run contests, winning five, over the last 12 games. The Riders have a 6-3 record in games decided by one run this year and are 3-0 in games decided by two runs, including the win Wednesday.

FIRST FRAME FUN:
After scoring just one first-inning run in the first 11 games, the Riders have outscored opponents, 22-8, in the last 15 first innings, scoring at least one run in 11 of those 15 games. Frisco has scored at least one first-inning run in five of seven games against San Antonio this year.

THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER:
Part of the key for the Riders historic start to the season has been the strong bullpen, protecting leads late in games. The bullpen holds an ERA of just 2.46 through the first 26 games and has wiggled out of numerous late-game jams. MATT BUSHhas five saves, ADAM PARKS has three, and the team is 9-for-10 in save situations.

CRANKING UP CROOKED NUMBERS:
Early in the season, the RoughRiders have shown an ability to not only score in bunches but keep opponents from doing the same. The RoughRiders have tallied 11 innings of four or more runs (five four-run innings, four five-run frames and a six-spot). Meanwhile, the Riders have only allowed seven innings of more than two runs.

SEPARATION IN THE SIXTH:
The RoughRiders have found immense success, both at the plate and on the mound, in the sixth inning this season. Frisco has outscored opponents, 32-13, in the sixth frame through 26 games. The Riders struck for their biggest inning of the year with a six-run sixth on April 14 vs. Northwest Arkansas and outscored the Missions 5-4 last night in the sixth.

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate off to a hot start. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 72-35 (.673), which is the second-best winning percentage among all minor-league systems. Class A-Advanced High Desert enters the day at 19-9, while Class-A Hickory is 18-9, and Triple-A Round Rock is 15-11. Round Rock was recently ranked the fifth-best Minor League team (any level) by MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Venezuelan-born Luis Diaz makes his sixth start of the year today for San Antonio, with a 2-2 record and a 5.72 ERA…The former Red Sox farmhand was granted his free agency this past offseason and signed with the Padres with an invite to MLB Spring Training…In his six years in the Red Sox system, Diaz made his way up to Double-A Portland, won Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Month in August/September of 2011 with Lowell, and South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week June 24-30, 2013 with Greenville…Throwing from a high 3/4 slot, Diaz throws a fastball in the low to mid 90s, a curveball (72-75), and changeup (78-80).

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

GAME #26
Frisco RoughRiders (19-6) at San Antonio Missions (9-17)
Thursday, May 5 – 7:05 p.m.
Wolff Stadium (San Antonio, TX)
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Watch: MiLB.TV (San Antonio feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 3 of 4 (Riders lead, 2-0)
This season: Game 7 of 32 (Riders lead, 6-0)

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Lefty Frank Lopez gets the start for the Riders tonight in San Antonio

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – SS
  2. Garrett Weber – 2B
  3. Lewis Brinson – CF
  4. Ryan Cordell – DH
  5. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  6. Alex Burg – C
  7. Zach Cone – LF
  8. Preston Beck – RF
  9. Luis Mendez – 3B

LHP Frank Lopez (2-0, 3.25 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Tuesday at San Antonio (W, 8-6)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
In come-from-behind fashion, the RoughRiders toppled the Missions 8-6 on Wednesday night…Down 6-3 after five innings, Frisco scored a pair of runs in the sixth and three runs in the eighth to move ahead for good…ZACH CONE drove in a pair of runs, and JUAN GRULLON earned the win, firing three innings of one-run ball in relief..RYNE SLACK and MATT BUSHclosed things out with perfect eighth and ninth innings respectively.

ON A MISSION:
With the win last night, the RoughRiders are 6-0 against San Antonio this season and have won their last nine games against the Missions, dating back to last season. The RoughRiders have dominated the season-series thus far, outscoring the Missions by 1.8 runs per game, hitting .286 to San Antonio’s .231. The Riders are outhomering the Missions 6-3 and have 19 extra-base hits to San Antonio’s 12. The Missions have the edge in one cateogory, however: stolen bases, where they lead 7 to 1.

COMEBACK KIDS:
Coming from behind again on Wednesday for a victory, the RoughRiders now have nine comeback wins of their 19 this season. Five of the last eight Riders wins have come when the team trailed at one point, including three straight April 28-30.

RIDING INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS:
At 19-6, the RoughRiders have the best 25-game start in team history, besting the 2008 squad. The 2008 RoughRiders, 18-7 through 25 games, finished with an 84-56 record and lost to Arkansas in the Texas League championship series.

‘DELL-IGHTFUL START:
RYAN CORDELL has been on a roll early in the season, currently in the top five of eight major statistical categories in the Texas League, including batting avergae (5th, .341), slugging (3rd, .659), RBI (2nd,24), doubles (2nd, 9), runs (2nd, 22), and extra-base hits (2nd, 16). He’s already tied or surpassed many of his stats with Frisco from last year, when he hit .217 with five doubles, five home runs, and 18 RBI in 56 games. Cordell was rewarded with Texas League Player of the Month honors Monday, after winning Player of the Week last Monday. The 24-year-old hit .363 in April with five home runs (two grand slams) and 22 RBI.

GOING STREAKING:
Cordell has not only been off to a great start, but he’s been producing consistently for Frisco early in 2016. Although his 17-game hitting streak came to an end after going 0-for-3 Monday, he contimued his season-long on-base streak to 24 games last night with a single in the first. Dating back to the final three games of 2015, he has reached base in 27 straight contests.

“ONE”-DERFUL IN CLOSE GAMES:
Despite leading the Texas League in run differential (+40), Frisco has played in seven one-run contests, winning five, over the last 11 games. The Riders have a 6-3 record in games decided by one run this year and are 3-0 in games decided by two runs, including the win last night.

FIRST FRAME FUN:
After scoring just one first-inning run in the first 11 games, the Riders have outscored opponents, 21-8, in the last 14 first innings. Frisco has scored at least one first-inning run in four of six games against San Antonio this year.

THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER:
Part of the key for the Riders historic start to the season has been the strong bullpen, protecting leads late in games. The bullpen holds an ERA of just 2.57 through the first 25 games and has wiggled out of numerous late-game jams. MATT BUSHhas five saves, ADAM PARKS has three, and the team is 9-for-10 in save situations.

CRANKING UP CROOKED NUMBERS:
Early in the season, the RoughRiders have shown an ability to not only score in bunches but keep opponents from doing the same. The RoughRiders have tallied 10 innings of four or more runs (five four-run innings, four five-run frames and a six-spot). Meanwhile, the Riders have only allowed six innings of more than two runs.

SEPARATION IN THE SIXTH:
The RoughRiders have found immense success, both at the plate and on the mound, in the sixth inning this season. Frisco has outscored opponents, 27-9, in the sixth frame through 25 games. The Riders struck for their biggest inning of the year with a six-run sixth on April 14 vs. Northwest Arkansas and outscored the Missions 2-0 last night in the sixth.

RANGER DANGER:
The RoughRiders aren’t the only Rangers affiliate off to a hot start. Overall, the Rangers farm system is 70-32 (.686), which is the best winning percentage among all minor-league systems. Class A-Advanced High Desert enters the day at 19-8, while Class-A Hickory is 17-8, and Triple-A Round Rock is 15-10. Round Rock was recently ranked the fifth-best Minor League team (any level) by MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Bryce Morrow makes his third Double-A start for the Missions this season, coming out of Extended Spring Training…The right-hander signed out of the Independent Frontier League in 2013 is in his third season in the Padres system…He split last season between Class A-Short Season, Double-A, and Triple-A…In San Antonio last year, the 28-year-old made 13 outings, including 5 starts, going 5-3 with a 4.01 ERA, striking out 34 and walking 16 in 49 1/3 innings of work… He throws with 3/4 arm slot, with a 4-seam fastball, a 2-seam fastball, a slider, and a changeup.

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