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Riders continue to show ninth-inning resiliency

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The Riders have four walk-off wins in the ninth inning this season.

Last night, the RougRiders staged another late rally in San Antonio, scoring twice in the ninth to force extra innings. Though Frisco ultimately lost 4-3 in 10 innings, the ninth-inning resiliency is becoming a nice trend for the Riders in 2016. Here are some of the numbers:

  • Frisco has scored 40 runs in the ninth inning this season, including three or more runs on four different occasions. The season-high for runs in the ninth is seven (July 14 at CC).
  • The Riders have surged ahead five different time in the ninth inning this season, including four walk-off wins.
  • Last night’s game marked the fourth time this year that Frisco has come from behind to tie the game in the ninth inning. The Riders also tied the game in the seventh inning of a seven-inning game (effectively, the ninth inning) at Midland on May 19.
  • Jimmy Brasoban, who was on the mound for San Antonio in the ninth inning last night, has taken his only two blown saves this season against the Riders.
  • On a similar note, seven of Corpus Christi’s 15 blown saves this season have come against the RoughRiders.

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Ramicack – To hit a baseball.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders at San Antonio (8/24)

GAME #127 (2nd HALF GAME #58)

Frisco RoughRiders (60-66 overall, 22-35 2nd half) at San Antonio Missions (52-75 overall, 30-27 2nd half)
Wednesday, August 24 – 7:05 p.m.
Wolff Stadium – San Antonio, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (SA feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 2 of 4 (Missions lead 1-0)
This season: Game 30 of 32 (RoughRiders lead 18-11)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Colby Lewis (0-0, -.– ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Tuesday at San Antonio (L, 6-0)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Missions broadcaster Mike Saeger

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The Riders were blanked 6-0 by the San Antonio Missions last night…The club mustered just one runner into scoring position, coming on an infield single and an error, allowing ANDY IBANEZ to reach second base with two outs in the fourth…Frisco hit into two double plays, leaving just two of its four runners on base…Meanwhile, San Antonio’s Gabriel Quintana had himself a career night, going 3-for-3 with a homer, double, and a walk, and he collected a career-high six RBI…Former big leaguer Daniel McCutchen (7 IP), Michael Dimock (1 IP), and Trey McNutt (1 IP) tossed the three-hit shutout, marking the lowest hit total for the Riders in almost two weeks (2 hits, August 11 at Springfield)…REED GARRETT allowed six runs, all earned, in four innings, but the bullpen worked four scoreless innings: RYAN LEDBETTER tossed two, FRANK LOPEZ fired one, and RICHELSON PENA threw another…The Riders combined to throw 14 strikeouts while walking just two.

NOTHING BUT GOOSE EGGS:
Yesterday’s shutout loss to San Antonio was the 16th time that Frisco has been shut out this season (most in the Texas League) and already the fifth time this month. The 16 shutout defeats is the most in Double-A and tied is now the most in team history (2009, 15). Brevard County (Brewers Class A-Advanced affiliate, Florida State League), has the most shutout losses in the minors with 21; Frisco is tied for the fourth-most, also behind Palm Beach (18), and Durham (18), and the club is tied with Beloit (16).

TIGHTENING UP WITH SAN ANTONIO:
After winning the first eight games in the season-series with San Antonio, things have gotten much closer. Frisco has won 10 of the last 21, but each of the last four series have been splits or losses. In addition, eight of the last 12 games in the series have been decided by two runs or fewer, including six one-run games.

DUCKS ON THE POND:
Despite struggling to hit with runners in scoring position at times throughout the season, the RoughRiders performed very well on the recent homestand. As a team, Frisco has hit .322 (19-for-59) with runners in scoring position over the past six games against Springfield and Tulsa. Frisco went 0-for-1 with runners in scoring position last night.

MAPLE LEAF MASHER:
Over the last 18 games, the Riders have hit 10 home runs as a team. Five of those have come off the bat of KELLIN DEGLAN, including a grand slam Friday. On August 3 against Midland, he had his first two-homer game since June 24, 2014 with Class-A Hickory. Deglan has hit nine long balls this year, which leads all players on the active roster. Those homers have come in surges, though. The Canadian catcher went homerless in the months of April and June but hit two jacks in May, two more in a six-game span in July, and this stretch of five in ten games played in which he has hit .250 (8-for-32) with a double, five HR, and 14 RBI.

FOURTH-INNING FUN:
The Riders have had a lot of success in the fourth inning, both recently and over the course of the season. Frisco scored a total of 12 runs and held opponents scoreless in the fourth inning on the last homestand, including a six-run inning Wednesday against Springfield and a five-run frame yesterday. This year, Frisco has outscored opponents 73-49 in the fourth, the largest positive run differential (+24) for the Riders in any single inning this season. The seventh inning has been Frisco’s worst (-37).

POWERED BY PINTO:
After joining the team on the last road trip and getting off to a great start, Riders outfielder EDUARD PINTO kept the mojo going at home. Despite losing a seven-game hitting streak last night, Pinto is hitting .359 (23-for-64) in his first 17 games at the Double-A level, with four doubles and nine RBI. He has also reached safely in 14 of the 17 games and had six multi-hit games, including a three-hit contest and two four-hit games. For his career, Pinto is averaging a multi-hit game exactly once every in three contests (113 in 340 career games).

LEWIS BEGINS COMEBACK WITH FRISCO:
Rangers right-handed pitcher COLBY LEWIS begins a Major League rehabilitation assignment the RoughRiders tonight, and he is scheduled to throw three innings or 45 pitches. Lewis is recovering from a strained right lat muscle. Prior to the injury, he was one of the go-to arms in the Rangers rotation, posting a 6-1 record alongside a 3.21 ERA in 15 starts with Texas. He becomes the ninth rehabber to suit up with Frisco this season, joining pitchers YU DARVISHA.J. GRIFFINKEONE KELA, and TANNER SCHEPPERS; catchers CHRIS GIMENEZ and ROBINSON CHIRINOS; plus outfielders JOSH HAMILTON and SHIN-SOO CHOO.

OPPOSING STARTER:
The RoughRiders face 28-year-old righty Seth Simmons tonight…Simmons is making his 17th appearance and 12th start for the Missions after being signed by the Padres as a free agent on May 24…Simmons, the former Diamondbacks farmhand who began the season with Triple-A Reno, was released by Arizona on May 20 and assigned to San Antonio upon joining the San Diego organization…Although, the Riders hit Simmons well on July 31 (6 IP, 10H, 4ER), the right-hander has dazzled thus far in the Texas League with a 2-3 record and a 1.97 ERA…He’s also the reigning Texas League Pitcher of the Week…The sixth-year pro made the first start of his Minor League career on June 17 at Midland…After one more relief appearance four days later, Simmons permanently joined San Antonio’s rotation and is now making his 12th straight start…In only one of his 11 starts has Simmons allowed more than three runs as a member of the Padres organization…The Winston-Salem, North Carolina native was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 40th round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of East Carolina University…REPERTOIRE: Fastball (low 90s), slider (low-to-mid 80s), slurve (mid-to-upper 70s).

A baseball’s journey through Dr Pepper Ballpark

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Hey there! My name is Bill, and I’m a baseball. You may have seen me flying and rolling around Dr Pepper Ballpark recently.

Have you ever thought about where I come from? Plus, did you realize how many of my brothers and sisters get to take part in a baseball game on a given night?

I was born a few months ago in China. The Rangers called Rawlings and said they needed more of my family members to come to Dr Pepper Ballpark. They said something about how my parents, uncles, and aunts got fouled away and taken home by people, so me and approximately 1,200 of my brothers and sisters (yeah, we have a really big family) got on a plane and headed all the way to Frisco. We got box seats for the flight over (as in, they put us in a box). Can you believe we didn’t get first class tickets?!

Once we got here, we went to a closet near the clubhouse. It turns out we weren’t needed right away, so we got to hang out and get used to our new surroundings. We also got to say hi to our cousins, the Major League balls. They are pretty similar to us with a few differences. Most notably, they were born in Costa Rica.

Finally, one afternoon, our box opened and approximately 100 of us got a free ride across the park to the umpires room. When we got there, they splashed us around in a special kind of mud (apparently, we were too shiny). Don’t worry; it wasn’t as bad as it sounds.

We enjoyed our time with the umpires, but we didn’t get to stay very long. The bat boys came and took us into a bucket in the dugouts. It was almost game time and we were getting excited!

I had to watch the first few innings from the dugout, but at long last, the home plate umpire stuck up three fingers toward the dugout and, before I knew it, I was getting picked up by the bat boy and raced out to home plate. I was happy to see the home plate umpire again, but instead of rejoicing when he saw me, he stuffed me in his side pocket. After a few of my siblings were fouled off, he reached into his pocket and threw me out to the pitcher.

Woohoo! I was making my minor league debut (and I got to go straight to Double-A!) before my first birthday.

I had a lot of fun out there, hanging with Riders pitcher Connor Sadzeck. He threw me almost 100 miles per hour! What a thrill. My Double-A debut didn’t last too long, though. Apparently, I did something to upset Tulsa’s Willie Calhoun, because he hit me really hard. In fact, so hard that I went flying toward the Choctaw Lazy River. It was pretty hot, so I was excited to go swimming. On my way down, one of the awesome Riders employees caught me in his net. Then, I got paired with my new parents and got to go home with them. They’ve been great. They put me on display at their house!

A lot of my siblings end up going home with a lucky fan. Some of them, however, do stay at the park. At any time, you can find about 100 of them in the batting practice bucket. If they make it past the wear and tear of batting practice without finding a new home, they get sent to the batting cage. My grandparents are up there. Maybe my new family will bring me back to the park for autographs for one of these days so I can see them and all my other friends.

You may not realize it, but about 100 of my siblings (again, I’ve got a really big family) see game action on any given night at Dr Pepper Ballpark. Over the course of a 70-game home season, that means approximately 7,000 of us will be used.

Our careers are short, and we’ll never have a shot at the big leagues like the players that use us. That said, it’s still a great life. I’m happily in retirement now.

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Ballite – A baseball fan.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders at San Antonio (8/23)

GAME #126 (2nd HALF GAME #57)

Frisco RoughRiders (60-65 overall, 22-34 2nd half) at San Antonio Missions (51-75 overall, 29-27 2nd half)
Tuesday, August 23 – 7:05 p.m.
Wolff Stadium – San Antonio, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (SA feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 1 of 4
This season: Game 29 of 32 (RoughRiders lead 18-10)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Reed Garrett (3-5, 4.71 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Sunday vs. Tulsa (W, 4-3)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: OF Joe Jackson

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
Behind six strong innings from JACK SNODGRASS, the RoughRiders closed out a series victory over Tulsa with a 4-3 win Sunday night at Dr Pepper Ballpark…Snodgrass turned in his third quality start with the Riders and held the Drillers hitless for the first 4 1/3 innings…The Riders finally broke through with four runs in the sixth inning…JOE JACKSON’s two-run double put Frisco ahead 2-1, and ANDY IBANEZ swatted the next pitch over the left field wall to build a 4-1 cushion…Tulsa scored two unearned runs against the Riders’ bullpen, but JOE FILOMENO worked around a one-out single in the ninth to earn his fourth save with Frisco.

TIGHTENING UP WITH SAN ANTONIO:
After winning the first eight games in the season-series with San Antonio, things have gotten much closer. Frisco has still won 10 of the last 20, but each of the last four series have been splits or losses. In addition, eight of the last 11 games in the series have been decided by two runs or fewer, including six one-run games.

GARRETT IN A GROOVE:
Since returning from a short stint with Class A-Advanced High Desert, today’s starter REED GARRETT has looked like a completely different pitcher. Over the past three starts, Garrett’s posted a 2.12 ERA, lowering his season ERA from 5.40 to 4.71. In addition, he has allowed no more than three runs in any of his three starts back with Frisco. He finally cracked through with his first win with the Riders since June 7 in his last start Wednesday against Springfield, going six innings without allowing an earned run. It was his second quality start since returning from High Desert.

DUCKS ON THE POND:
Despite struggling to hit with runners in scoring position at times throughout the season, the RoughRiders performed very well on the recent homestand. As a team, Frisco has hit .322 (19-for-59) with runners in scoring position over the past six games against Springfield and Tulsa. The Riders had six hits with RISP in Wednesday’s win over Springfield and went 5-for-10 in Friday’s 9-0 victory against Tulsa.

MAPLE LEAF MASHER:
Over the last 17 games, the Riders have hit 10 home runs as a team. Five of those have come off the bat of KELLIN DEGLAN, including a grand slam Friday. On August 3 against Midland, he had his first two-homer game since June 24, 2014 with Class-A Hickory. Deglan has hit nine long balls this year, which leads all players on the active roster. Those homers have come in surges, though. The Canadian catcher went homerless in the months of April and June but hit two jacks in May, two more in a six-game span in July, and this stretch of five in nine games played in which he has hit .276 (8-for-29) with a double, five HR, and 14 RBI.

FOURTH-INNING FUN:
The Riders have had a lot of success in the fourth inning, both recently and over the course of the season. Frisco scored a total of 12 runs and held opponents scoreless in the fourth inning on the last homestand, including a six-run inning Wednesday against Springfield and a five-run frame yesterday. This year, Frisco has outscored opponents 73-49 in the fourth, the largest positive run differential (+24) for the Riders in any single inning this season. The seventh inning has been Frisco’s worst (-37).

POWERED BY PINTO:
After joining the team on the last road trip and getting off to a great start, Riders outfielder EDUARD PINTO kept the mojo going at home. He is hitting .383 (23-for-60) in his first 16 games at the Double-A level, with four doubles and nine RBI. He has also reached safely in 14 of the 16 games and had six multi-hit games, including a three-hit contest and two four-hit games. For his career, Pinto is averaging a multi-hit game exactly once every in three contests (113 in 339 career games).

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

OPPOSING STARTER:
Righty Daniel McCutchen takes the mound for his first start with San Antonio …The McKinney, Texas native is in his 11th professional season and sixth different organization…He spent parts of five seasons in the big leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates (2009-2012) and Texas Rangers (2014)…McCutchen spent two days on the RoughRiders roster in 2014 after he was optioned to Frisco on April 5, but he was recalled by the Rangers on April 7 and did not make an appearance in the Texas League…McCutchen was selected by the New York Yankees in the 13th round of the 2006 MLB Draft out of the University of Oklahoma…He was traded from New York to Pittsburgh along with Jose Tabata, Ross Ohlendorf, and Jeff Karstens for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte on July 26, 2008…McCutchen made his Major League debut with the Pirates on August 31, 2009… The righty signed a minor league contract with San Deigo on November 18, 2015 and began the season with Triple-A El Paso, transferred to San Antonio Saturday)…REPERTOIRE: Four-seam fastball (low-to-mid 90s), splitter (mid 80s), slider (mid-to-high 80s), sinker (low 90s).

A deeper look at Kellin Deglan’s recent surge

Riders catcher Kellin Deglan is in the middle of one of the best power surges of his career, most recently accentuated by his six-RBI performance Friday, which included the third grand slam of his career.

Deglan now has five homers in the last eight games he’s played in, including a two-homer game August 3 vs. Midland. In these last eight games, he’s 8-for-29 (.276) with a double, five homers, and 14 RBI.

The only stretch of his career that may have been statistically better than this one came in late June/early July of 2014 with Hickory, when he went 9-for-24 (.375) with five homers and 12 RBI in a six-game span. That spurt also started with a two-homer game, in which he registered his career-high of seven RBI June 24 vs. Kannapolis. That said, this is coming at a higher level against higher-quality arms.

The Canadian catcher told MiLB.com last night that he’s been working on his swing mechanics with Rangers Assistant Hitting Coordinator Dwayne Murphy and that last night was his first game using the new mechanics. The big difference is his hand positioning. Just watch the video of last night’s homer (above) compared to the one below in Springfield last week. Perhaps the change in mechanics vaults him toward a strong finish to the season, after which he will be a free agent.

The other promising sign last night was the zero in the strikeouts column. It ended a string of 17 consecutive games in which the former first-round pick had struck out at least once.

Maybe it’s a temporary surge, or maybe it’s something more. It’s hard to say at this point, but if Deglan keeps swinging at this clip, it’s going to be a fun final few weeks of the season.

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

GAME #122 (2nd HALF GAME #53)

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

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Ariel Jurado (1-2, 3.27 ERA)

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

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Rangers Director of Player Development Mike Daly

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Series victory against Springfield

After topping Springfield 4-3 in the series opener Tuesday night, the RoughRiders won their second straight game yesterday. Behind a six-run fourth inning, a quality start by Reed Garrett, and an impressive performance at the plate by Alexeis Bell, the Riders clinched a series victory with a 9-6 win over the Cardinals.

This is the second time in the month of August that the Riders have reeled off two straight wins. However, Frisco has not won more than two games in a row since July. The Riders beat Corpus Christi in three straight road games on July 14-16, followed by another win at home against San Antonio on July 17.

Last night’s game was impactful for a few reasons:

1. The six-run fourth inning

The Riders have now had a six-run inning in two of the last three home games. In the series finale against Midland on August 3, prior to the last road trip, Frisco erupted for six runs in the fifth inning to lead them past the ‘Hounds 10-4. In addition, the Riders have collected a total of 12 hits with runners in scoring position in the last three home games.

2. Another quality start for Reed Garrett

Since returning from Class A-Advanced High Desert, Garrett has been much a much more effective starter. In 17 innings, he has allowed just five runs, four earned. Although the Riders lost his first two starts back with the team, coming on the road at San Antonio and Springfield, the offense provided enough support to earn Garrett a win last night.

3. Alexeis Bell breaks out

After going 8-for-26 on the road trip, Bell already has five hits in the last two home games. He mashed his first Minor League home run to get the big fourth inning started last night. If he stays hot, it will help the Riders offense continue to generate runs over the last few weeks of the season.

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: raftman – A slow outfielder who appears to be poling a raft rather than running.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

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

GAME #121 (2nd HALF GAME #52)

Frisco RoughRiders (57-63 overall, 19-32 2nd half) vs. Springfield Cardinals (65-55, 24-26 2nd half)
Wednesday, August 17 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Ryan Rouillard)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett and Ryan Rouillard)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 2 of 3 (Riders lead 1-0)
This season: Game 11 of 12 (Cardinals lead 6-4)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Reed Garrett (2-5, 5.09 ERA)

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

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: RHP Jefri Hernandez

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

RoughRiders name game

How many professional baseball players share the same last name as current RoughRiders players? Which Riders players have original last names? We went to MiLB.com and used their “player search” feature to find out.

Scott Carroll – 1 of 5 players with the last name “Carroll”

Joe Filomeno – Only player with the last name “Filomeno”

Reed Garrett – 1 of 4 players with the last name “Garrett”

Juan Grullon – 1 of 4 players with the last name “Grullon”

Jefri Hernandez – 1 of 95 players with the last name “Hernandez”

Luke Jackson – 1 of 16 players with the last name “Jackson”

Ariel Jurado – Only player with the last name “Jurado”

Ryan Ledbetter – 1 of 2 players with the last name “Ledbetter”

Frank Lopez – 1 of 59 players with the last name “Lopez”

Jose Monegro – Only player with the last name “Monegro”

Adam Parks – Only player with the last name “Parks”

Richelson Pena – 1 of 49 players with the last name “Pena”

David Perez – 1 of 111 players with the last name “Perez”

Connor Sadzeck – Only player with the last name “Sadzeck”

Tanner Scheppers – Only player with the last name “Scheppers”

Ryne Slack – Only player with the last name “Slack”

Jack Snodgrass – Only player with the last name “Snodgrass”

Sam Wolff – Only player with the last name “Wolff”

Carson Blair – 1 of 5 players with the last name “Blair”

Kellin Deglan – Only player with the last name “Deglan”

Edwin Garcia has the most common baseball last name on the RoughRiders roster.

Edwin Garcia has the most common baseball last name on the RoughRiders roster.

Shaq Matta – Only player with the last name “Matta”

Edwin Garcia – 1 of 123 players with the last name “Garcia”

Andy Ibanez – Only player with the last name “Ibanez”

Isiah Kiner-Falefa – Only player with the last name “Kiner-Falefa”

Luis Marte – 1 of 18 players with the last name “Marte”

Luis Mendez – 1 of 22 players with the last name “Mendez”

Alberto Triunfel – 1 of 2 players with the last name “Triunfel”

Alexeis Bell – 1 of 9 players with the last name “Bell”

Ryan Cordell – Only player with the last name “Cordell”

Joe Jackson – 1 of 16 players with the last name “Jackson”

Darin Mastroianni – Only player with the last name “Mastroianni”

Eduard Pinto – 1 of 10 players with the last name “Pinto”

Top 3 most popular names: Garcia (123), Perez (111), Hernandez (95)

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: Nellie hitter – A hitter who hits to left center and right center.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

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

GAME #120 (2nd HALF GAME #51)

Frisco RoughRiders (56-63 overall, 18-32 2nd half) vs. Springfield Cardinals (65-54, 24-25 2nd half)
Tuesday, August 16 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr Pepper Ballpark – Frisco, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Nathan Barnett and Ryan Rouillard)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett and Ryan Rouillard)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 1 of 3
This season: Game 10 of 12 (Cardinals lead 7-2)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

LHP Jack Snodgrass (2-0, 2.25 ERA)

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

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Outfielder Darin Mastroianni

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

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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