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The Apple of Lane Adams’ Eye

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Northwest Arkansas blanked the RoughRiders 3-0 on Sunday. It marked the fourth time this season the ‘Riders have been shut out in a game. Click here to read the full game recap.

Once again, Lane Adams chowed down on the RoughRiders. The center fielder went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a solo home run on Sunday. Against Frisco this season, Adams bats .395 (17-for-43) with an .814 slugging percentage and a 1.251OPS. He has five doubles, two triples, three home runs and ten RBI against the Horsemen this season. Brutal.

Star of the Game: RF Drew Robinson – 2/4, 2K

Robinson was the only hitter with multiple base knocks for the ‘Riders and extended his hitting streak to five straight games.

In case you missed it:

-Gallo watch: 0-for-4, 3K

Joey struck out to end the first, third and eighth innings, and the ‘Riders left runners in scoring position each time.

-The ‘Riders are batting 0-for-17 with runners in scoring position in the series.

-Local product Hunter Dozier lifted a home run in the second inning. He hit his first two Double-A home runs in as many at-bats (eighth inning on Saturday and the second on Sunday).

 

 

Tune in to Jason Wood’s weekly appearance on the Pregame Show. It’s “Sunday with the Skipper:”

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

All Good Things Must Come to an End

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At long last, the RoughRiders succumbed to an opponent in the state of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas Naturals felled Frisco in the Diamond State for the first time in 370 days, thanks in large part to a pivotal three-run home run from Orlando Calixte. Pardon the somewhat epic tone; the Lord of the Rings is on TNT right now. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: CF Jake Skole – 2/4, R, 2B, RBI

Jake is once again seeing more consistent playing time with fellow center fielder Ryan Strausborger back at Triple-A. The lefty is on a mini four-game hit streak and his double to right in the seventh inning tied the game at three. It marked the second straight game in which the ‘Riders erased a multiple run deficit in the seventh.

In case you missed it:

-The Naturals snapped the RoughRiders’ four-game win streak.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-3, R, BB

Joey dropped his second successful bunt single this season, and of his professional career. The native of Henderson, Nevada drew a walk in the ninth inning to put two men on with nobody out, but the ‘Riders could not build on the momentum. He avoided a strikeout for the third time in 23 games with the RoughRiders.

-Chris Grayson made his first appearance with the ‘Riders since June 6. In each of his three stints with the RoughRiders, Grayson has worn a different number. He began the season wearing number 11 (now Alex Claudio’s number) and wore number 36 from May 27-June 8 (Randy Henry carries it now). Now, the outfielder displays number 26 on his back and went 0-for-3 with an RBI sacrifice fly in his first game with the ‘Riders in nearly a month.

-Hanser Alberto made his 2014 Double-A premier, batted 0-for-4 and played shortstop.

-Local product Hunter Dozier, from Denton, clocked his first Double-A home run off Francisco Mendoza in the eighth inning to give his teams its largest lead of the night.

 

 

The affable Jimmy Reyes joins the Pregame Show on the heels of a five strikeout performance in two innings of relief:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Happy Fourth of July!

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Frisco fell behind 5-1 after a rough third inning, but chipped away at the deficit and stormed ahead with a monster five-run seventh. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: 2B Odubel Herrera – 2/4, 2R, 3RBI, BB, SB

Odubel continues to knock the cover off the cowhide and extended his hit streak to ten games on Friday. On U.S. Independence Day, the Venezuelan drove in the first run of the game and later tied the game at 5-5 to cap a four-run rally. ‘Dubel is clobbering at a .352 clip in the Texas League this season (43 games) and at an astronomical .421 rate over his last ten games. With the ‘Riders, the southpaw has 18 runs, eight doubles, two triples, one home run and 25 RBI.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders are undefeated in the state of Arkansas this season with a perfect 9-0 record.

-The ‘Riders also won their fourth straight game for the first time since May 29.

-Friday’s four-run rally marked the second time this season the ‘Riders overcame such a deficit and went on to win the ballgame. The first instance occurred way back on April 10 in an 11-7 win over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Frisco fell behind 4-0 in the first inning, tied the game at four in the top of the third and then fell behind 7-4 in the fourth. It was all RoughRiders the rest of the way, however, as they scored seven unanswered to win their second straight in what would become a ten-game winning streak. The ‘Riders smashed four home runs in the game (Jordan Brown, Drew Robinson, Trever Adams, Ryan Rua) and Rougned Odor finished 2-for-5 with a run scored.

-Gallo watch: 2-for-4, R, IBB, 2K

Joey drew his first intentional walk in the Texas League in a move that backfired on the Travelers. He rebounded nicely after striking out in his first two at-bats of the night.

-Patrick Cantwell was hit by a pitch for the tenth time this season (most on the team) when Drew Rucinski plunked him on the left wrist in the fifth inning.

-Tomás Telis’ entered the game with his batting average below .300 for the first time since May 4, a streak of 46 games.

-Wilmer Font earned his first win on the mound since April 17 against Corpus Christi.

 

 

One day after Edwar Cabrera tossed eight innings of shutout baseball, the southpaw regales his longest outing of the season with Alex on the Pregame Show. Interestingly enough, the last time Cabrera threw that many frames also came against the Travelers but in 2012 when he belonged to the Colorado Rockies organization (Tulsa Drillers). Edwar admits lobbying Jason Wood to pitch the ninth, but respects his skipper’s decision:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Second Inning Slide (Again)

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Well, this story line is officially past its expiration date. Another quirky second inning seemed to knock the RoughRiders off balance and Arkansas inflicted a rare series loss upon Frisco at Dr Pepper Ballpark. Click here to read the full game recap.

For the second straight night, a costly defensive miscue in the second inning nipped the ‘Riders. With a runner on first, a fielding error on Guilder Rodriguez placed two men on with no outs. The next batter, Eric Stamets, popped a towering fly ball that didn’t leave the infield.

The ball initially drifted towards Trever Adams at first base, but with 30-mph gusts blowing across the diamond from right to left, Adams soon embarked on a mad chase across the infield as the wind pushed the ball to the third base foul line.

Not only did the cowhide elude Adams’ glove, it landed fair in the dirt mere feet from the foul territory to load the bases.

Kyle Hudson followed and drove a grounder to second baseman Odubel Herrera on the edge of the outfield grass. The play would have likely scored a run regardless, but the ‘Riders at least had an opportunity to record the first out of the frame.

Instead, Adams broke off the first base bag upon contact in expectation of a bunt from Hudson. When Herrera fielded the ball, Adams was nowhere near the bag and Herrera had to eat the ball and all Travelers were safe once again.

Frisco turned a double play later in the inning, which would have ended the Travs’ chances had an out been made on the Hudson ground ball. Arkansas scored another run on the twin killing and took the lead for good.

Star of the Game: CF Ryan Strausborger – 3/4, R, 3B

Ryan scored the first ‘Riders run for the second straight night. He flashed his speed on the base path with a leadoff triple in the first inning and again in sixth when he moved from first to third in on a base knock by Patrick Cantwell. “Straus” is 7-for-12 through his first three games in a RoughRiders’ uniform this season with three runs, a double, a triple, a home run and four RBI. The centerfielder also notched an outfield assist when he threw out Brian Hernandez at third base in the eighth inning.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders lost a series at home for the first time since April 7. The opponent? Arkansas.

-Patrick Cantwell threw out two would-be basestealers on Friday. The Travelers rank second in the Texas League in stolen bases, but succeeded just once in the series.

-Frisco had a chance to score in the third. With Strausborger on second base and two outs, Cantwell bounced a grounder to short. An errant throw allowed Cantwell to reach, but the Travs escaped the inning because they caught Strausborger in a rundown between third and home. Strausborger may have taken the play for granted and assumed Cantwell would be thrown out, and thus overran third.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-4, 3SO

-Former RoughRider Mike Bianucci posted a modest 3-for-4 line with a run last night. Bianucci turned in perhaps the most impressive offensive series against the ‘Riders this season. In three games, the slugger batted 8-for-13 with six runs, two doubles, a home run and three RBI.

 

 

I had the chance to chat with Assistant Hitting Coordinator Brook Jacoby on Friday. Jacoby, a two-time MLB All-Star, joined the minor league staff this season after a seven-year run as the hitting coach for Dusty Baker and the Cincinnati Reds (think Joey Votto, Ken Griffey, Jr., Scott Rolen, Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips, etc.). He draws some interesting parallels between hitters in both places. Lots of insight in this interview:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

Second Inning Shift

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Arkansas’ bats exploded for 18 hits against the RoughRiders and the Travs evened the series at a game apiece heading into the Friday night finale. Click here to read the full game recap.

The Travelers came to play, but in a second consecutive outing, Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez couldn’t seem to catch a break. Corpus Christi dinged him for 12 soft singles on June 20. Last night, it was a rough second inning that turned the course of the RoughRiders’ night permanently against their favor.

Mike Bianucci kept one ball in the infield on Thursday, but still managed to reach in the second on a fielding error by Joey Gallo. The third baseman charged slow grounder but came up with an empty glove as he went into the throwing motion.

Gonzalez then hit the next batter, Jett Bandy, with a pitch to put two on with nobody out. Home plate umpire Matt Czajak made a belated ruling after Bandy was halfway down the first base line. The hesitation peeved Jason Wood, who offered some demonstrative words to Czajak before returning to the dugout. Perhaps the exchange rattled Czajak, who made a poor call with significant ramifications later in the frame.

The ‘Riders managed to turn a double play to pick up two outs as a runner traveled to third. But after Kaleb Cowart tied the game with an RBI double, Czajak ruled a bouncer from Drew Heid on the third base line fair, which gave Arkansas a lead they would not relinquish.

From the press box the outfield berm, the ball appeared to cross wide of third base, but the only pair of eyes in the park that didn’t see it as such happened to be the home plate umpire. From the moment Wood emerged from the dugout for the second time in the inning, everyone understood his night was about to end. Sure enough, Czajak tossed Wood and the Travelers held the momentum for the rest of the night. An unfortunate series of events for the RoughRiders, who got off to a good start with a Ryan Strausborger home run in the first inning.

Star of the Game: 3B Joey Gallo – 2/4, 2R, HR, 2B, RBI

Joey doubled to right and launched a 1-0 pitch from Carmine Giardina to the opposite field in the seventh. It had the height to clear the WinStar Diamond Deck but instead clanged off the tin roof and caromed back into the field of play. Scouts and coaches say Gallo’s power to the opposite direction is what will make him a terror to big league pitchers. He is far more complex than a mere pull-side slugger and he has shown it on multiple occasions this season. The proud Italian has seven Double-A homers and reclaims sole possession of first in the minors with 28 long balls in 2014.

In case you missed it:

-Teodoro Martinez drew the only walk of the game for either team in the seventh inning from Carmine Giardina.

-RoughRiders pitching allowed 18 hits, the most in a single game this season for the staff

-In 60 games in Triple-A, Strausborger had no home runs and no multi-RBI games. He has one home run and two multi-RBI nights in two games with Frisco this season.

-Former RoughRider Mike Bianucci ate his former team for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday. He finished 4-for-5 at the plate with four runs, a double, a home run and three runs batted in.

Bianucci in his RoughRider days, circa 2011.

Bianucci in his RoughRider days, circa 2011.

 

 

Listen to catcher Tomás Telis regale his experience at the All-Star game and touch on modifications to his stance behind the dish:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 25

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The ‘Riders reached the end of an exhausting 12-day road trip at long last on Sunday. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Jerad Eickhoff – 7.0IP, 4H, R, 0BB, 6K

The sturdy right-hander from Evansville, Indiana turned in his third outing of seven or more outings this season and first since May 5. With a runner on third base in the fourth inning, Eickhoff chunked a pitch in the dirt that escaped the clutches of catcher Patrick Cantwell and brought home Arkansas’ only run of the game. The play seemed to light a fire under Jerad, who did not allow a baserunner the rest of his outing and retired the final 12 batters he faced in succession. The soon-to-be 24-year-old carries a 5-5 record with a 4.23 ERA through 83 innings.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders are now 16-8 against the North Division this season. Every team in the South Division defeated its inter-divisional opponent on Wednesday.

-Five players in Frisco’s batting lineup last night debuted against the Travelers as the teams last met on April 15.

-Those five included Ryan Strausborger, who also made his 2014 Double-A debut, and went 2-for-4 with a run, a double and two RBI. It was his first multi-RBI game of the season.

-Fans may remember Arkansas DH Mike Bianucci, who played for the RoughRiders in 2011. More recently, Bianucci played at Dr Pepper Ballpark as a member of Triple-A Round Rock when the Express came to town for a preseason exhibition tilt on March 30. In that game, Bianucci blasted a home run and scored twice, but was released from the Rangers organization less than one week later.

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 22

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The ‘Riders reached the end of an exhausting 12-day road trip at long last on Sunday. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: CF Teodoro Martinez – 1/3, R, HR, RBI, SO

Teo blasted his second home run of the season and accounted for all the scoring in the 4-1 loss on Sunday. Through 44 games this season, the Venezuelan holds a .298 batting average (45-for-151) with 15 runs, six doubles and 23 RBI.

In case you missed it:

The Texas League All-Star Game took place at Dickey-Stephens Field in North Little Rock, Arkansas on June 24. The RoughRiders sent a league-high ten players to compete in the game. The North defeated the South 3-1 in a pitching-oriented affair. Find out how the ‘Riders performed below:

-LF Jake Smolinski: 1/4, SO

-3B Ryan Rua: 0/4, Home Run Derby Champion

  • Rua blasted a total of 16 home runs (eight in each round)

-DH/C Tomás Telis: 0/4

-PH Odubel Herrera: 1/1

-2B Guilder Rodriguez: 0/2, 2SO

-RHP Luke Jackson (starter): 1.0IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3BF

-RHP Alec Asher: 1.0IP, R, 2H, 5BF, WP

-RHP Phil Klein: DNP

-LHP Edwar Cabrera: DNP

-2B Rougned Odor: DNP

 

Here is Jason Wood’s most recent “Sunday with the Skipper” segment on the final day of the marathon 12-day road trip:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 21

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The ‘Riders roll into the final game before the All-Star break on the strength of a 3-0 win over the Corpus Christi Hooks. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: 3B Joey Gallo – 1/4, R, HR, 3RBI, 2K

Gallo homered for the second straight night and in seven career games against the Hooks, the mammoth slugger has gone deep four times. Corpus Christi starting pitcher Mike Hauschild carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning when the RoughRiders opened the inning with a pair of singles from Patrick Cantwell and Trever Adams, respectively. That brought Gallo to the plate, and on the first pitch from Hauschild, he deposited the offering on the right-center field berm for the only three runs of the game for either side.

Through 12 games with Frisco, Gallo posts a .279 batting average  (12-for-43) with ten runs, one double, six home runs and 14 runs driven in. He has drawn nine walks and has struck out 20 times.

In case you missed it:

-Frisco recorded all of their runs and hits in a single inning (the seventh). Corpus Christi outhit the ‘Riders 7-3 and Frisco left just one man on base in the game.

-The Hooks’ best chance to score came in the fifth inning with runners on the corners and one out. A poor bunt by Ruben Sosa enabled Alec Asher to field an throw home where Tomás Telis tagged out Tyler Heineman for a crucial second out.

-Corpus Christi relief pitcher Alex Sogard tossed one shutout inning against the RoughRiders in the ninth. Sogard’s older brother, Eric, is an infielder for the Oakland A’s.

-Cantwell spoiled Hauschild’s no-no in the seventh inning. The backstop also tarnished the perfect game when he drew a walk in the fourth. Through the first six frames, Cantwell was Frisco’s only baserunner.

-Phil Klein moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Texas League with his tenth save of the season.

-The 3-0 final score marked the eighth time Frisco has shut out an opponent. The ‘Riders are 8-3 in shutouts this season.

Be sure to catch this interview with Corpus Christi interim pitching coach Doug Brocail. Rangers fans may remember Brocail during his time in Arlington from 2004-2005. He shares some lighter moments of his career on the Pregame Show:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 20

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Highlights from Frisco’s 4-1 loss to Corpus Christi on Friday. The RoughRiders have now lost four of their last five games. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: 2B Odubel Herrera – 3/4, 2B

Odubel’s focus remains razor sharp at the plate as he and teammate Trever Adams were the only ‘Riders with multiple hits on Friday (and no strikeouts, either). The Venezuelan is hitting .319 this season, but . 339 with the Frisco through 32 games. He also has 9 doubles and 29 RBI on the season. Equally impressive is Odubel’s strikeout-to-walk rate: the southpaw has 28 free trips and just 41 whiffs in 2014.

In case you missed it:

-The Hooks registered 12 singles and no extra-base hits in the game.

-Trever Adams went 2-for-3 with a ground-rule double and a walk for his third straight multi-hit game.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI, 3K – Gallo launched his first home run since June 13 when he took a hanging breaking ball to left-center field in the second inning.

Newcomer Will Lamb makes his debut on the RoughRiders Pregame Show. The lefty aspires to own the best (worst?) mustache in the Texas League and has an equally filthy fastball:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 19

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A savvy veteran and a fortuitous bounce gave the RoughRiders their first win in extra innings this season. Click here to read the full game recap.

The victory Thursday night bore significance in several respects:

  1. The ‘Riders snapped a three-game losing streak. A fourth consecutive loss would have been the longest of the season for Frisco. They are now the only team without a skid of more than three games in 2014, needless to say, an instrumental factor in their standing atop the Texas League.
  2. Frisco won a series opener, not only for the first time on this marathon road swing, but also for the first time in the month of June. Prior to last night’s win, the ‘Riders dropped the opening game in the last five series. The last time the RoughRiders had started a series with a victory occurred on May 29 against the Tulsa Drillers.
  3. The RoughRiders are now 1-3 in extra innings. All four of the team’s extended affairs have played out on the road. Frisco has gone to overtime with all three teams in the South Division and twice with Corpus Christi. The Hooks own the Texas League’s best mark in extra innings at 8-2.

The ‘Riders are now 1-1 in the second half and 41-30 overall. Remember, the series finale on June 18 against the Midland RockHounds was postponed due to rain and will be played out as part of a doubleheader on July 22. Click here for details.

Star of the Game: RHP Jon Edwards – 2 1/3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K

For all the offensive accolades in the game for the RoughRiders, Edwards’ performance on the mound bore a crucial impact in the win. Edwards entered with game in the balance and the momentum already shifted in Corpus Christi’s favor. In a disastrous seventh inning, the ‘Riders blew a 5-1 lead and allowed four runs to score on one hit, two hit batsmen and three walks. With no outs in the frame and runners on first and third, Edwards cooly retired three straight Hooks and preserved the tie. His slider was unhittable as he guided the RoughRiders through the eighth inning as well and recorded the first out of the ninth before Jason Wood brought lefty Will Lamb out of the pen. Edwards’ resurgence on the mound continues; according to Michael Tepid, Edwards has allowed one earned run with four walks and 16 strikeouts in his last eight appearances (12 1/3 innings).

In case you missed it:

-Frisco scored first for the first time on its current 12-game road swing. Thursday was the eighth game of the trip.

-Ryan Rua started in left field for the first time in 2014. He did not record a putout. Jason Wood lifted Rua from the game in the tenth and inserted Teodoro Martinez. With the game on the line, Wood did not want to charge Rua with making a key play at a new position.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-5, R, 2K – Gallo appeared frustrated with his timing at the plate, but looks comfortable in the field at the hot corner. He made three putouts on the night.

-Trever Adams has taken strides towards snapping his slump at the plate. Adams has consecutive multi-hit games and on Thursday went 3-for-4 with two runs, a double and a walk.

-Rua tallied three hits in a game for the fourth time this season and his three RBI gives him 38 on the season.

Alex Vispoli sits down with Corpus Christi broadcaster Michael Coffin and gets an inside scoop on the Hooks’ outlook for the second half as well as a look at the Astros prospects in the pipeline:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

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