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Ballpark Bio: Arvest Ballpark (Springdale)

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Today marks part six 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. To read previous entries, click here.

Facts and Figures
Opened: April 10, 2008
Capacity: 7,500
Dimensions: LF – 327, CF – 400, RF – 325

Today marks our final day in Springdale and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Arvest Ballpark. As the home of the Naturals, it really embodies the idea of natural beauty.

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The gorgeous structure out front

The park is somewhat isolated on the edge of Springdale, but that’s not a bad thing. Out beyond the perimeter of the park are a few grass fields with lush green trees billowing in the wind. Even the batter’s eye is made up of trees and bushes, plus a gorgeous stone design of the Naturals logo. Out front, there’s a really cool structure combining natural elements, such as rocks and wood alongside the Naturals logo. Plus, there is plenty of grass in the outfield berms. As a native of “The Evergreen State” (Washington), I really appreciate the natural elements around the park.

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My favorite batter’s eye in the Texas League

The greenery isn’t the only thing that makes this park great, though. The seating bowl is very clean and well-maintained, and the rounded seating keeps everyone close to the action. The suite level wraps about 200 feet down each line and the glass front gives it a really nice touch.

Another neat feature here is the dugouts, which are very deep, allowing fans (and broadcasters) to see a lot of what goes on in the dugouts. The bullpens are also very transparent the left and right field corners.

There’s so much to like about Arvest Ballpark, a place that really embodies the idea of natural beauty. After all, when there’s beauty in your backyard, why not use it?

Thanks for touring the Texas League ballparks with me. I won’t be in San Antonio, but Nathan has a guest post coming later this summer to round out our tour of the Texas League.

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-Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Baton Swinger – A batter.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Get to know Riders pitcher Ryan Ledbetter

Ryan Ledbetter is one of the newest members of the RoughRiders. The right-handed pitcher has a twin brother David who plays in the Rangers farm system as well, currently with the High Desert Mavericks.

We caught up with Ryan during the last homestand to chat with him about the transition to playing Double-A baseball, as well as the experience he has had being in the same organization as his brother.

Steve Goldberg: First of all, welcome to Frisco.

Ryan Ledbetter: Thank you, Steve. Glad to be here. The jump from High Desert is incredible. I already love all the fans, and I don’t even know them yet.

SG: What was it like for you when you first took the mound with the Riders?

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RL: Definitely exhilarating. It’s exciting to be here and be able to play at a higher level, competing against guys that I’ve seen before and other guys that I haven’t. I’m just excited to be here and help this team out.

SG: Going from Class A-Advanced up to Double-A, there is a big difference between those two levels of baseball, right?

RL: Oh yeah. Even the coaches tell you this is a huge jump. And they’re throwing you into the fire by allowing you to come to Double-A. You should be trying to pitch at the same level no matter where you are, but there is a culture shock. It is very welcoming.

SG: For you and your brother David, how special is it to be playing in the same organization?

RL: It is just a gift from God to be able to play with him. Just having that support there and someone pushing you to not only be a better baseball player, but a better person. Having that bond with someone that close to you is just awesome.

SG: Is it a bit tough being apart from him now?

RL: Yeah. The same thing happened when we first got drafted. He went to Spokane and I stayed in the Arizona League. It’s not really that hard necessarily, it’s just different. I have to call him instead of see him in-person. I have to talk to him about the things that are most important instead of just talking with him all the time.

SG: Obviously you guys have that friendship and camaraderie. But is there a competitive aspect to your relationship as well?

RL: There is always competition between my brother and I. No matter who you are, if you have a brother, you are always thinking, ‘I am going to be better than him. I have to be better than him.’ I think that’s what’s so cool about being on a team with him. If he is doing something I should be doing, it’s like, ‘I have to do that now. I can’t let him be better than me.’ I think that’s really driven us to where we are today, playing professional baseball and going the extra mile to get better.

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: avocado – An inviting pitch hit for a home run.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Ballpark Bio: Dickey-Stephens Park (North Little Rock)

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Today marks part five 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, 2007
Capacity: 7,200
Dimensions: LF – 332, CF – 400, RF – 330

This year, the Travelers are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Dickey-Stephens Park, so it’s my turn to celebrate some of my favorite parts of this park.

One of the things that stands out right away is the entryway. It’s a large, but well-kept area that resembles a train station. This town has a rich railroad history and the park does a nice job of honoring the entryway and other features throughout the stadium.

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The skyscrapers of downtown Little Rock are visible over the right field side of Dickey-Stephens Park.

Once I got inside, the other thing that quickly caught my eye was the view of downtown Little Rock, viewable over the right field side of Dickey-Stephens Park across the Arkansas River. It is very much like Tulsa’s ONEOK Field in that regard. It helps give the park a big-city feel without having to be right in the middle of town.

Before the game, there’s a stretch of organ music. As far as I can tell, it’s recorded but it still adds a nice touch to the park and provides a classic baseball vibe. Once the game gets going, the park gives fans an intimate setting to take in a ballgame, and our booth is very close to the action as well, so it’s been enjoyable through our first two days here.

Dickey-Stephens Park may just be in its 10th year, but I think it does a nice job of combining some of the vintage elements of the game with a modern feel. I’ve definitely had a nice time here thus far and look forward to another great game tonight.

Stay tuned for the next ballpark bio, coming in a few days from Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Arkansas, as I take you along for the ride on my first journey through the Texas League.

-Ryan

Baseball term of the day: For a cent – A cheap base hit.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Cordell named MVP of Tuesday’s All-Star Game

The RoughRiders are back in action tonight at Arkansas after a few days off for the All-Star break.

In Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Springfield, Cordell exploded for an incredible performance in front of the crowd of 7,832 at Hammons Field. The outfielder earned the game’s MVP award after going 3-for-5 with a home run and four runs batted in.

Cordell currently leads the Texas League with 52 runs batted in, and he once again showed why he is one of the elite players in the circuit with his performance Tuesday night.

Let’s look back at two of the highlights:

The three-run homer came in the sixth inning, and it ultimately made the difference for the South Division in an 8-5 victory over the North Division.

“Games like this, you’re really relaxed and trying to get a good pitch to drive,” Cordell said. “Luckily, I was able to get a few of those and put some good swings on them.”

Cordell and the Riders return to action tonight, beginning a three-game road series against the Arkansas Travelers to wrap up the month of June. Listen to the game live at 7:10 p.m.

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: drive from the hill – To force a pitcher from the game by getting base hits.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Corpus Christi (6/26)

GAME #75 (2nd HALF GAME #6)

Frisco RoughRiders (40-34 overall, 2-3 2nd half) vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (50-25, 3-2)
Sunday, June 26 – 6:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
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 4 (Hooks lead, 2-1)
This season: Game 20 of 32 (Hooks lead, 13-6)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – C
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  4. Ryan Cordell – CF
  5. Preston Beck – RF
  6. Joe Jackson – LF
  7. Alex Burg – DH
  8. Luis Mendez – 3B
  9. Alberto Triunfel – SS

RHP Reed Garrett (2-1, 4.62 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Saturday vs. Corpus Christi (L, 3-0)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Manager Joe Mikulik

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders were shut out 3-0 on Saturday night by the Corpus Christi Hooks…Francis Martes tossed a career-high-tying seven innings of shutout ball and Aaron West went the final two frames…Frisco held the Hooks silent until the sixth but allowed a run in the sixth, eighth, and ninth to drop the contest…In his final start before the All-Star break, VICTOR PAYANOtossed three hitless innings…RONALD GUZMAN and LUIS MENDEZ both posted multi-hit nights…Frisco went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

CALMED BY CORPUS:
The RoughRiders were shut out last night for the ninth time this year, which leads the Texas League. It was the third time that the Riders have been blanked by the Hooks this season. Frisco’s also been shut out by Arkansas (once), San Antonio (once), Springfield (twice), and Tulsa (twice). The Hooks meanwhile lead the Texas League in shut out wins, having silenced their opponents ten times this year, two ahead of second-place Midland and Tulsa.

BY THE SKIN OF THEIR TEETH:
The RoughRiders have become very familiar with playing in close games lately. All four games in the last series against Midland were decided by a single run, and the first two games of this series against Corpus Christi have also been one-run contests. During the month of June, 14 of the Riders’ 25 games have been decided by two runs or less. On the season, Frisco is 17-11 in one-run games and 6-5 in two-run contests. The 28 one-run games the Riders have played is tied for most in the Texas League (with Corpus and Midland).

THE SPRINGFIELD SEVEN:
Last Tuesday, the Texas League announced its midseason all-stars and seven RoughRiders earned all-star honors. InfielderRONALD GUZMAN and outfielder RYAN CORDELL  were both named starters, while outfielder PRESTON BECK and catcher ISIAH KINER-FALEFA earned reserve spots. Starting pitchers CONNOR SADZECK and VICTOR PAYANO, along with reliever ADAM PARKS also were named mid-season all-stars. It was the sixth-straight year the RoughRiders had at least seven players named to the All-Star Game, and Frisco’s seven selections were third-most in the Texas League, behind Tulsa (nine) and Corpus Christi (nine). Additionally, Guzman was selected to participate in Tuesday’s Home Run Derby. The 2016 Texas League All-Star Game also takes place Tuesday in Springfield, Missouri.

BEGINNER’S LUCK:
In his first 18 games with the RoughRiders, ANDY IBANEZ has already had hits in 13 games. Despite getting off to a slow start in Double-A (3-for-his-first-27 at-bats), Ibanez’s first three hits all drove in runs. Ibanez just lost an 11-game hit streak, which included a home run, three RBI, and three multi-hit games, going 0-for-4 last night.

BECK BUSTING OUT:
PRESTON BECK has become a key contributor for the Riders over the last month. The Dallas-native has reached base in 31 of his last 36 games, including on-base streaks of 14 (5/13-6/1) and seven (6/3-6/13) games. He has hit six doubles, two triples, three home runs, and driven in 13 runs in that span.

CORDELL COMES BACK CRUSHING:
RoughRiders outfielder RYAN CORDELL broke out of his longest homerless stretch of the season last Tuesday in a big way, hitting a pair of solo home runs in a 5-4 win over Midland. It was his second multi-home run game of the season, both of which have come against the RockHounds. After hitting 10 home runs in his first 35 games, Cordell went homerless in 26 straight games (90 at-bats) from May 16 through June 13 before his big day last Tuesday. Since then, he has continued to keep up the pace with five home runs in his last 50 at-bats.

RANGERS ON REHAB:
Thanks to their geographic proximity to Arlington, the Riders have already had a handful of Rangers join the squad on Major League rehabilitation assignments this season. A.J. GRIFFIN made his third rehab start with Frisco Sunday and was activated by Texas last night. He was the sixth rehabber to suit up for the RoughRiders this season. The list also includes catchers CHRIS GIMENEZ and ROBINSON CHIRINOS, outfielders JOSH HAMILTON and SHIN-SOO CHOO, and right-handed pitcher YU DARVISH.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Former UNC Tar Heel Kent Emanuel makes is fifth start and sixth outing of the year today, and first against Frisco…The Astros’ third-rounder from the 2013 draft, Emanuel had a tremendous three-run run with UNC, including ACC Pitcher of the Year honors in 2013, his Junior season, and posted a 2.52 ERA as a collegiate pitcher, working three years as a starter…Emanuel underwent Tommy John surgery in June of last year, and came back in less than a year…Working with good command (1.8 BB/9IP), Emanuel throws a low 90s fastball, a curve, and changeup.

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Deposit the pill – To hit the ball a long distance.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Q&A: Ronald Guzman ready to swing in home run derby

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Friday, Ronald Guzman was named Frisco’s representative in the home run derby at the Texas League All-Star Game coming up Tuesday in Springfield. I had a chance to chat with Guzman this afternoon about getting to hit in the home run derby and his thoughts on earning an all-star spot this season.

RYAN ROUILLARD: How excited are you to participate in the home run derby?

RONALD GUZMAN: Very excited. Very excited. I’m a little anxious so I’m trying to just keep it down and try to hit like I’m hitting BP.

RR: Have you ever hit in a home run derby before?

RG: Yeah. I participated in one before I signed [with Texas] for the Dominican Prospect League. I won, actually. I hit six homers. But it was 15 pitches. It was not similar to how we’re doing it right now. So I don’t have a strategy yet.

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RG: It’s three minutes so I’m just going to try to swing at everything. I’m just going to try to hit like I’m hitting BP and try to hit some home runs.

RR: You hit a couple home runs in Springfield earlier this year. Did you like that park as a place to hit?

RG: Oh yeah. I like Springfield. I feel like the ball carries everywhere. I think I’m going to be comfortable with hitting the ball everywhere, wherever the pitches come. I think it’s a really nice place to hit.

RR: What does being an all-star mean to you and getting to participate in all of this?

RG: It’s a great feeling. It’s my first time playing in an all-star game so I’m just going to go up there and try to have fun and try to enjoy it. I don’t know if I’m going to have another chance, you know? So I’m just going to go there and have fun and enjoy every second. I think it will be cool to play with the guys from the other teams, so I’m excited.

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Corpus Christi (6/25)

GAME #74 (2nd HALF GAME #5)

Frisco RoughRiders (40–33 overall, 2-2 2nd half) vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (49-25, 2-2 2nd half)
Saturday, June 25 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
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 4 (Series tie, 1-1)
This season: Game 19 of 32 (Hooks lead, 12-6)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – SS
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  4. Ryan Cordell – CF
  5. Preston Beck – RF
  6. Joe Jackson – LF
  7. Alex Burg – DH
  8. Kellin Deglan – C
  9. Luis Mendez – 3B

LHP Victor Payano (5-4, 3.57 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Friday vs. Corpus Christi (W, 8-7)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: IF Isiah Kiner-Falefa

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

 LAST TIME OUT:Once down 5-1, the RoughRiders stormed back to knock off Corpus Christi 8-7…The Riders took the lead with a four-run seventh inning. ALEX BURG knocked in three runs with a bases-clearing double to right-center field to put Frisco ahead 8-6. Burg finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and tied a career-high with four RBI…FRANK LOPEZ helped keep the Riders in the game, working 4/13 strong innings in relief of CONNOR SADZECKJOSE VALDESPINA worked the final two innings to earn his second straight save and third of the season…Six players had a multi-hit game, including three hits from Burg.

BY THE SKIN OF THEIR TEETH:
The RoughRiders have become very familiar with playing in close games lately. All four games in the last series against Midland were decided by a single run, and the first two games of this series against Corpus Christi have also been one-run contests. During the month of June, 14 of the Riders’ 24 games have been decided by two runs or less. On the season, Frisco is 17-11 in one-run games and 6-5 in two-run contests. The 28 one-run games the Riders have played is tied for most in the Texas League (with Corpus and Midland).

THE SPRINGFIELD SEVEN:
Last Tuesday, the Texas League announced its midseason all-stars and seven RoughRiders earned all-star honors. InfielderRONALD GUZMAN and outfielder RYAN CORDELL  were both named starters, while outfielder PRESTON BECK and catcher ISIAH KINER-FALEFA earned reserve spots. Starting pitchers CONNOR SADZECK and VICTOR PAYANO, along with reliever ADAM PARKS also were named mid-season all-stars. It was the sixth-straight year the RoughRiders had at least seven players named to the All-Star Game, and Frisco’s seven selections were third-most in the Texas League, behind Tulsa (nine) and Corpus Christi (nine). Additionally, Guzman was selected to participate in Tuesday’s Home Run Derby. The 2016 Texas League All-Star Game also takes place Tuesday in Springfield, Missouri.

DOWN, BUT NEVER OUT:
The RoughRiders’ comeback from a four-run deficit last night matched the largest one of the season. The Riders have rallied to win three times when trailing by four runs this season, including twice against Corpus Christi. Overall, Frisco has tallied 22 come-from-behind victories this season (55% of team’s total wins), and the last six RoughRiders wins have been in comeback fashion.

BEGINNER’S LUCK:
In his first 18 games with the RoughRiders, ANDY IBANEZ has already had hits in 13 games. Despite getting off to a slow start in Double-A (3-for-his-first-27 at-bats), Ibanez’s first three hits all drove in runs. Ibanez now has a hit in each of his last 11 games, including a home run, three RBI, and three multi-hit games.

BECK BUSTING OUT:
PRESTON BECK has become a key contributor for the Riders over the last month. The Dallas-native has reached base in 30 of his last 35 games, including on-base streaks of 14 (5/13-6/1) and seven (6/3-6/13) games. He has hit six doubles, two triples, three home runs, and driven in 13 runs in that span.

CORDELL COMES BACK CRUSHING:
RoughRiders outfielder RYAN CORDELL broke out of his longest homerless stretch of the season last Tuesday in a big way, hitting a pair of solo home runs in a 5-4 win over Midland. It was his second multi-home run game of the season, both of which have come against the RockHounds. After hitting 10 home runs in his first 35 games, Cordell went homerless in 26 straight games (90 at-bats) from May 16 through June 13 before his big day last Tuesday. Since then, he has continued to keep up the pace with five home runs in his last 46 at-bats.

RANGERS ON REHAB:
Thanks to their geographic proximity to Arlington, the Riders have already had a handful of Rangers join the squad on Major League rehabilitation assignments this season. A.J. GRIFFIN made his third rehab start with Frisco Sunday and was the sixth rehabber to suit up for the RoughRiders this season. The list also includes catchers CHRIS GIMENEZ and ROBINSON CHIRINOS, outfielders JOSH HAMILTON and SHIN-SOO CHOO, and right-handed pitcher YU DARVISH.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Francis Martes, the top pitching prospect in the Houston farm system, makes his fourth appearance against the RoughRiders this year. The RoughRiders have given Martes his two roughest outings of the year, touching him up for 10 earned runs in 3.0 innings, good for an ERA of 30.00, in those two appearances. However, Martes earned his first win over the Riders this season last Wednesday, going 6 1/3 innings and giving up three runs on five hits. Martes came to the Astros from the Marlins organization in a multi-player trade at the 2014 deadline. REPERTOIRE: Fastball (mid-90s), curveball, changeup.

Five takeaways from Friday’s win

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Alex Burg went 3-for-4 Friday with two doubles and four RBI in Frisco’s win over Corpus Christi.

The RoughRiders stormed back for an 8-7 win over Corpus Christi last night, ending a four-game losing streak to the Hooks. There were plenty of things to like about Friday’s win, but here are some of my biggest takeaways:

  • Alex Burg had a huge night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a career-high-tying four RBIs. It marked his first RBIs since June 4 and his first three-hit game since April 22 (also against the Hooks). Burg has struggled a bit since a hot first month of the season, but it was great to see him swat the ball all over the park last night.
  • Friday marked the return of Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who had missed 25 games while on the disabled list with a knee infection. “IKF” didn’t miss a beat in his return, going 2-for-5 with a pair of singles and a run scored. Not only does he provide the Riders a reliable bat, but he provides defensive flexibility that can help give guys rest when needed.
  • Frisco went 6-for-13 with runners in scoring position Friday. It was their best performance with RISP since going 7-for-14 on May 23 against San Antonio (right before the eight-game losing streak). Frisco’s ability to hit with runners in scoring position was so key to the early success, and rediscovering that ability will be a key to winning the second half.
  • There were contributions throughout the lineup last night, including six guys with multi-hit games. Perhaps most encouraging is that two of Frisco’s best hitters – Ronald Guzman and Ryan Cordell – both went hitless and the Riders still had one of their best offensive showings. Seven of the eight RBI came from the sixth, seventh and eighth spots in the order (Joe Jackson-2, Alex Burg-4, Kellin Deglan-1).
  • Despite the shortest start of the year for Connor Sadzeck, the bullpen was great on Friday, with Frank Lopez and Jose Valdespina combining to work the final 6 1/3 innings, allowing just three runs along the way to a very good Corpus Christi lineup. With as much as the Riders bullpen has been taxed in this long string of games without off days, their outings were huge and should help the Riders keep a rested bullpen for the final two games before the all-star break.

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Frisk – To win.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Corpus Christi (6/24)

GAME #73 (2nd HALF GAME #4)

Frisco RoughRiders (39-33 overall, 1-2 2nd half) vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (49-24, 2-1 2nd half)
Friday, June 24 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
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 4 (Hooks lead, 1-0)
This season: Game 18 of 32 (Hooks lead, 12-5)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – SS
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  4. Ryan Cordell – CF
  5. Preston Beck – RF
  6. Joe Jackson – LF
  7. Alex Burg – DH
  8. Kellin Deglan – C
  9. Luis Mendez – 3B

RHP Connor Sadzeck (6-2, 3.18 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Thursday vs. Corpus Christi (L, 3-2)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: RHP Ryan Ledbetter

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The Riders hit a pair of solo home runs but came up short in a 3-2 loss to Corpus Christi Thursday night…Frisco got on the board in the first inning on the 15th long ball of the year from RYAN CORDELL…Trailing 2-1 in the fourth, JOE JACKSONlaunched a solo home run to tie the game 2-2…After giving up two runs in the first inning, LUIS ORTIZ retired 10 consecutive hitters and 13 of the final 17. Ortiz went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts, and took no decision for the second straight starts…Chase McDonald his his 12th home run to put Corpus Christi ahead 3-2 for good.

BY THE SKIN OF THEIR TEETH:
The RoughRiders have become very familiar with playing in close games lately. All four games in the last series against Midland were decided by a single run, and last night’s series opener against Corpus Christi was a one-run game as well. During the month of June, 13 of the Riders’ 23 games have been decided by two runs or less. On the season, Frisco is 16-11 in one-run games and 6-5 in two-run contests.

THE SPRINGFIELD SEVEN:
Last Tuesday, the Texas League announced its midseason all-stars and seven RoughRiders earned all-star honors. InfielderRONALD GUZMAN and outfielder RYAN CORDELL  were both named starters, while outfielder PRESTON BECK and catcher ISIAH KINER-FALEFA earned reserve spots. Starting pitchers CONNOR SADZECK and VICTOR PAYANO, along with reliever ADAM PARKS also were named mid-season all-stars. It was the sixth-straight year the RoughRiders had at least seven players named to the All-Star Game, and Frisco’s seven selections were third-most in the Texas League, behind Tulsa (nine) and Corpus Christi (nine). The 2016 Texas League All-Star Game takes place next Tuesday in Springfield, Missouri.

BEGINNER’S LUCK:
In his first 17 games with the RoughRiders, ANDY IBANEZ has already had hits in 12 games. Despite getting off to a slow start in Double-A, Ibanez’s first three hits all drove in runs. Ibanez now has a hit in each of his last 10 games, including a home run, three RBI, and two multi-hit games.

BECK BUSTING OUT:
PRESTON BECK has become a key contributor for the Riders over the last month. The Dallas-native has reached base in 29 of his last 34 games, including on-base streaks of 14 (5/13-6/1) and seven (6/3-6/13) games. He has hit five doubles, two triples, three home runs, and driven in 13 runs in that span.

EATEN UP BY ERRORS:
For most of the season, the RoughRiders have been one of the best defensive teams in the Texas League. However, in the last 18 games, the RoughRiders have committed 20 errors (1.1 per game), leading to 18 unearned runs. By comparison, they had committed just 37 errors in the first 54 games (0.69 per game). EVAN VAN HOOSIER, who played his first five career games at third base last week, made four of the 13 errors as he was adjusting to playing the new position. ANDY IBANEZ has accounted for three of the miscues in that span, and LUIS SILVA made two blunders in his stateside debut on Sunday.

CORDELL COMES BACK CRUSHING:
RoughRiders outfielder RYAN CORDELL broke out of his longest homerless stretch of the season last Tuesday in a big way, hitting a pair of solo home runs in a 5-4 win over Midland. It was his second multi-home run game of the season, both of which have come against the RockHounds. After hitting 10 home runs in his first 35 games, Cordell went homerless in 26 straight games (90 at-bats) from May 16 through June 13 before his big day last Tuesday. Since then, he has continued to keep up the pace with five home runs in his last 43 at-bats.

RANGERS ON REHAB:
Thanks to their geographic proximity to Arlington, the Riders have already had a handful of Rangers join the squad on Major League rehabilitation assignments this season. A.J. GRIFFIN made his third rehab start with Frisco Sunday and is the sixth rehabber to suit up for the RoughRiders this season. The list also includes catchers CHRIS GIMENEZ and ROBINSON CHIRINOS, outfielders JOSH HAMILTON and SHIN-SOO CHOO, and right-handed pitcher YU DARVISH.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Right-hander Keegan Yuhl makes his third appearance against the RoughRiders this season. Frisco has tallied five runs and 11 hits off Yuhl in 10 1/3 innings pitched. Yuhl is currently on a seven-game win streak, pacing the staff for most wins this season, and he has not lost a game since April 19 at Springfield. The Del Mar, California native was selected by the Astros in the 35th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. Last Tuesday, Yuhl was named to the Texas League South Division All-Star team. REPERTOIRE: Fastball, changeup, slider.

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Corpus Christi (6/23/16)

GAME #72 (2nd HALF GAME #3)

Frisco RoughRiders (39-32 overall, 1-1 2nd half) vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (48-24, 1-1 2nd half)
Thursday, June 23 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
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 4 (Riders lead, 2-1)
This season: Game 17 of 32 (Hooks lead, 10-5)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Preston Beck – RF
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ryan Cordell – CF
  4. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  5. Joe Jackson – C
  6. Alberto Triunfel – SS
  7. Kellin Deglan – C
  8. Chris Garia – LF
  9. Luis Silva – 3B

RHP Luis Ortiz (1-3, 3.04 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Wednesday at Midland: (L, 2-1 – 10 innings)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Infielder Alberto Triunfel

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

 LAST TIME OUT:Although the Riders led 1-0 early, Midland came back to win the series finale 2-1 in 10 innings…RONALD GUZMAN hit his 10th home run of the season in the top of the fourth as the Riders got on the board first for the second consecutive game…With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th, Midland loaded the bases with a trio of walks against RYNE SLACKwith no outs. JASON RICHMAN entered the game and recorded the first out, but he issued a four-pitch walk to Josh Rodriguez that allowed Brett Vertigan to score the winning run…For the first time in six starts as a RoughRider, YOHANDER MENDEZ did not make it through five frames. The southpaw departed the game after 4 2/3 innings, once he gave up the tying run on Viosergy Rosa’s two-out RBI single.

BY THE SKIN OF THEIR TEETH:
The RoughRiders have become very familiar with playing in close games lately. All four games in the last series against Midland were decided by a single run. During the month of June, 12 of the Riders’ 22 games have been decided by two runs or less. On the season, Frisco is 16-10 in one-run games and 6-5 in two-run contests.

THE SPRINGFIELD SEVEN:
Last Tuesday, the Texas League announced its midseason all-stars and seven RoughRiders earned all-star honors. InfielderRONALD GUZMAN and outfielder RYAN CORDELL  were both named starters, while outfielder PRESTON BECK and catcher ISIAH KINER-FALEFA earned reserve spots. Starting pitchers CONNOR SADZECK and VICTOR PAYANO, along with reliever ADAM PARKS also were named mid-season all-stars. It was the sixth-straight year the RoughRiders had at least seven players named to the All-Star Game, and Frisco’s seven selections were third-most in the Texas League, behind Tulsa (nine) and Corpus Christi (nine). The 2016 Texas League All-Star Game takes place next Tuesday in Springfield, Missouri.

BECK BUSTING OUT:
PRESTON BECK has become a key contributor for the Riders over the last month. The Dallas-native has reached base in 29 of his last 33 games, including on-base streaks of 14 (5/13-6/1) and seven (6/3-6/13) games. Over his last 32 games (since May 13), Beck is hitting .295 with five doubles, two triples, three home runs, and 13 RBI. He also sports a .348 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .443 in that span.

EATEN UP BY ERRORS:
For most of the season, the RoughRiders have been one of the best defensive teams in the Texas League. However, in the last 17 games, the RoughRiders have committed 19 errors (1.1 per game), leading to 18 unearned runs. By comparison, they had committed just 37 errors in the first 54 games (0.69 per game). EVAN VAN HOOSIER, who played his first five career games at third base last week, made four of the 13 errors as he was adjusting to playing the new position. ANDY IBANEZ has accounted for three of the miscues in that span, and LUIS SILVA made two blunders in his stateside debut on Sunday.

CORDELL COMES BACK CRUSHING:
RoughRiders outfielder RYAN CORDELL broke out of his longest homerless stretch of the season last Tuesday in a big way, hitting a pair of solo home runs in a 5-4 win over Midland. It was his second multi-home run game of the season, both of which have come against the RockHounds. After hitting 10 home runs in his first 35 games, Cordell went homerless in 26 straight games (90 at-bats) from May 16 through June 13 before his big day last Tuesday. Cordell continued his recent surge with a 3-for-4 performance in game one of last Thursday’s doubleheader, including his 13th home run of the year. Friday, he hit his 14th homer and his first opposite-field shot of the year. He posted a multi-hit game Tuesday as well.

RANGERS ON REHAB:
Thanks to their geographic proximity to Arlington, the Riders have already had a handful of Rangers join the squad on Major League rehabilitation assignments this season. A.J. GRIFFIN made his third rehab start with Frisco Sunday and is the sixth rehabber to suit up for the RoughRiders this season. The list also includes catchers CHRIS GIMENEZ and ROBINSON CHIRINOS, outfielders JOSH HAMILTON and SHIN-SOO CHOO, and right-handed pitcher YU DARVISH.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Kyle Smith makes his sixth start of the season and second against Frisco, with the first coming back on April 21 at Whataburger Field…He has also pitched in seven games out of the bullpen, including two appearances against the Riders on May 14 and June 17…Smith was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the fourth round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft…Houston acquired the right-handed pitcher in exchange for outfielder Justin Maxwell at the trade deadline on July 31, 2013…Named a mid-season All-Star for Wilmington (Carolina League) in 2013 and Corpus Christi in 2014…Smith bypassed an opportunity to play at the University of Florida by signing with the Royals out of Santaluces High School in Lantana, Florida…Went 9-1 with a 0.40 ERA and 116 strikeouts over 69 innings as a senior…REPERTOIRE: Fastball (88-91, T93), curveball, and changeup.

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