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Saddle Up: Riders at Springfield (8/10)

GAME #115 (2nd HALF GAME #46)

Frisco RoughRiders (55-59 overall, 17-28 2nd half) at San Antonio Missions (63-51 overall, 22-22 2nd half)
Wednesday, August 9 – 6:30 p.m.
Hammons Field – Springfield, MO
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Springfield feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 2 of 3 (Cardinals lead 1-0)
This season: Game 8 of 12 (Cardinals lead 5-2)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

LHP Jack Snodgrass (1-0, 3.00 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Tuesday at Springfield (L, 16-4)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: RHP Scott Carroll

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders surrendered a season-high in runs, falling 16-4 to the Springfield Cardinals Tuesday night at Hammons Field…After falling behind 5-0 through two innings, the RoughRiders scored four unanswered runs in the third and fourth innings to close within a run at 5-4…CARSON BLAIR got the Riders on the board with an RBI single in the third…ALEXEIS BELL doubled in a pair of runs in the fourth, followed by an RBI groundout off the bat of ISIAH KINER-FALEFA…However, the Cardinals broke the game open with an eight-run fifth inning, as the first 10 men reached against the combination of three Riders pitchers…Blake Drake blasted a grand slam in the inning, the fourth allowed by Riders pitching this year, to give Springfield a comfortable cushion.

A FIFTH TO FORGET:
In last night’s game, the Riders scored four straight runs to cut a 5-0 Springfield advantage down to just 5-4. However, the Cardinals left Frisco in the dust with a total of eight runs in the fifth inning. It was the largest single-inning total allowed by the RoughRiders this season. Springfield also sent 12 men to the plate in the fifth (with the first 10 reaching), which was the most batters by an opponent in an inning against Frisco in 2016.

BACKS AGAINST THE WALL:
With 25 games left, the Riders face a tremendous uphill battle for a postseason spot. Midland currently leads the South Division by seven games over San Antonio, nine over Corpus Christi, and 13 over Frisco. The Riders’ elimination number for a second-half division title is now down to 13. However, Frisco still plays six more games against the RockHounds this season (August 27-29, September 3-5).

SHOW ME THE WIN COLUMN:
The Riders are making their second trip to Hammons Field this season and have not fared well here so far. Frisco was swept in a three-game series in Springfield to wrap up the month of May. The Riders dropped two one-run contests, which included being shut out 1-0 in the series opener and blowing a four-run lead in the final two innings of the second game. Frisco dropped all six games on the road trip to Tulsa and Springfield, which knocked the Riders out of first place in the South Division standings. Frisco did not return to the top spot after June 1, and Corpus Christi won the first half division title.

POWER OUTAGE: 
The last nine games have seen a return to the dead-ball era, with very few home runs for the RoughRiders. During the nine-game stretch, the Riders have only hit three homers, two from KELLIN DEGLAN on Wednesday and one from CARSON BLAIR on Sunday. In five of those nine games, there have been no homers hit by either side. This comes on the heels of a month of July in which the Riders hit a season-high 27 homers and allowed a league-high 36.

FIRST WEEK WOES:
The Riders offense was held relatively quiet in a three-game series against Midland and a four-game set at San Antonio to open August. Frisco was shut out in three of the seven contests. The Riders scored just one run in the first two games against Midland before exploding for 10 in the series finale. After scoring three runs in the first three innings of Thursday’s game against the Missions, Frisco failed to put up another tally for the next 25 innings, the longest scoreless drought of the season. In August so far, the Riders are hitting just .226 (second-lowest in the league behind San Antonio) with an average of 2.9 runs per game.

NOTHING BUT GOOSE EGGS:
Saturday’s shutout loss to San Antonio was the 14th time that Frisco has been shut out this season (most in the Texas League). The 14 shutout defeats is the most in Double-A. Brevard County (Brewers, Florida State League) has the most shutout losses in the minors with 19. Frisco also has the fewest shutout wins (four) in the eight-team circuit. The fewest in full-season ball is Wilmington (Royals Class A-Advanced affiliate, Carolina League) with only have three. The Blue Rocks, who play in pitcher-friendly Frawley Stadium, have also been blanked 14 times.

GETTING STARTED RIGHT: 
Through eight games this month, Riders starters have excelled. The eight starting pitchers have combined to allow just 16 earned runs in 41 1/3 innings of work, good for a 3.48 ERA, and have given up just two home runs. DAVID PEREZ andARIEL JURADO both pitched five scoreless frames, and none of the seven starters this month have allowed more than three runs. Riders starters had a tough time in July, posting a 4.51 ERA and allowed 21 homers in 149 2/3 innings. The best month for the starting pitchers this year was the month of April, when Frisco went an outstanding 17-4. Frisco’s starters had a 3.10 ERA and allowed 0.56 HR/9.0 innings pitched.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Matt Pearce is currently in his third professional season and second full-season, making his Double-A debut with the Cardinals tonight…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 46 walks while striking out 210 batters…With Class A-Advanced 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.

 

Switching it up: Mendez describes his journey to switch-hitting

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The art of switch-hitting has always fascinated me. Imagine all the times you’ve tried doing something with your non-dominant hand/arm and how hard it was (at least, if your experience is anything like mine). When it comes to switch hitters, not only have they figured out to hit from both sides, but they do it well enough to hit respectably in professional baseball. I’m a righty, but I probably wouldn’t fare very well on either side of the plate against professional arms, let alone both sides.

All that said, I talked to Luis Mendez, one of the two switch hitters on the roster (Shaq Matta is the other) to get a sense of how he got to where he is today.

Mendez, a natural righty, says he first started switch hitting at age 15 in an effort to make himself more marketable to teams looking to sign him.

My agent at that time said, ‘hey, you’re gonna be a switch hitter,’” said Mendez. “He was telling me you have one year to learn. If it doesn’t work, it’s fine. You’ll go back to the right. But it worked. I swung at the first pitch I saw and he said, ‘woah. You’re gonna hit switch.’”

To get to the point of being comfortable switch hitting, the Venezuelan infielder says he spent about an hour a day hitting left-handed. In fact, he’s gotten so comfortable on the left side that it’s now his preferred side.

“I love left now,” said Mendez. “I just love hitting left-handed, especially when he throws hard. I like hitting fastballs…It feels natural now.”

The numbers prove it too. Mendez is a .232 hitter (43-for-185) hitting on the left side, compared to just a .130 mark (6-for-46) when swinging on his natural side.

I’ve always been in awe of the art of switch hitting. And don’t even get me started on switch pitching. That’s just crazy.

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Switch-pitch – A changeup.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders at Springfield (8/9)

GAME #114 (2nd HALF GAME #45)

Frisco RoughRiders (55-58 overall, 17-27 2nd half) at San Antonio Missions (62-51 overall, 21-22 2nd half)
Tuesday, August 8 – 6:30 p.m.
Hammons Field – Springfield, MO
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Watch: MiLB.TV (Springfield feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 1 of 3
This season: Game 7 of 12 (Cardinals lead 4-2)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 3B
  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. Carlos Arroyo – CF

RHP Connor Sadzeck (9-4, 3.45 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Sunday at San Antonio (L, 7-6 – 11 innings)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: C Carson Blair

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders let a five-run lead over San Antonio slip away in a 7-6 extra-inning loss Sunday at Wolff Stadium…The Missions broke a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the 11th with River Stevens’ walk-off RBI single to right field…The Riders jumped out to a 5-0 lead, highlighted by CARSON BLAIR’s solo home run in the third and a pair of RBI from CARLOS ARROYOSCOTT CARROLL pitched four scoreless innings before giving up a pair of RBI single in the fifth…San Antonio plated four runs in the sixth to take a 6-5 lead, but the Riders quickly answered back on EDWIN GARCIA’s game-tying RBI single in the seventh…Garcia tallied a season-high three hits, while EDUARD PINTO finished the game 4-for-5 with scored three runs.

FIRST WEEK WOES:
The Riders offense was held relatively quiet in a three-game series against Midland and a four-game set at San Antonio to open August. Frisco was shut out in three of the seven contests. The Riders scored just one run in the first two games against Midland before exploding for 10 in the series finale. After scoring three runs in the first three innings of Thursday’s game against the Missions, Frisco failed to put up another tally for the next 25 innings, the longest scoreless drought of the season. In August so far, the Riders are hitting just .226 (second-lowest in the league behind San Antonio) with an average of 2.9 runs per game.

BACKS AGAINST THE WALL:
With 27 games left, the Riders face a tremendous uphill battle for a postseason spot. If Midland goes 13-14 the rest of the way, the Riders would need to go 25-2 the rest of the way to overtake them for the division title. If Corpus Christi rallies back and wins the division, the Riders still would have to make up a current 6.5 game deficit in the overall season standings back of Midland. However, Frisco still plays six more games against the RockHounds this season (August 27-29, September 3-5).

SHOW ME THE WIN COLUMN:
The Riders are making their second trip to Hammons Field this season and are hoping for better results. Frisco was swept in a three-game series in Springfield to wrap up the month of May. The Riders dropped two one-run contests, which included being shut out 1-0 in the series opener and blowing a four-run lead in the final two innings of the second game. Frisco dropped all six games on the road trip to Tulsa and Springfield, which knocked the Riders out of first place in the South Division standings. Frisco did not return to the top spot after June 1, and Corpus Christi won the first half division title.

SHUT DOWN BY SAN ANTONIO:
Saturday’s shutout loss to San Antonio, the second in the series, was the 14th time that Frisco has been shut out this season (most in the Texas League). The 14 shutout defeats is the most in Double-A. Brevard County (Brewers, Florida State League) has the most shutout losses in the minors with 19. Frisco also has the fewest shutout wins (four) in the eight-team circuit. The fewest in full-season ball is Wilmington (Royals Class A-Advanced affiliate, Carolina League) with only three. The Blue Rocks, who play in pitcher-friendly Frawley Stadium, have also been blanked 14 times.

POWER OUTAGE: 
The last eight games have seen a return to the dead-ball era, with very few home runs in RoughRiders games. During the eight-game stretch, the Riders have only hit three homers, two from KELLIN DEGLAN on Wednesday and one fromCARSON BLAIR on Sunday, and allowed just one (Trae Santos on Friday). In five of those eight games, there have been no homers hit by either side. The four home runs over eight games is the lowest total (for both teams combined) in an eight-game stretch this season in Frisco’s games. This comes on the heels of a month of July in which the Riders hit a season-high 27 homers and allowed a league-high 36.

GETTING STARTED RIGHT: 
Through seven games this month, Riders starters have excelled. The seven starting pitchers have combined to allow just 10 earned runs in 37 1/3 innings of work, good for a 2.41 ERA, and have given up just one home run. DAVID PEREZ andARIEL JURADO both pitched five scoreless frames, and none of the seven starters this month have allowed more than three runs. Riders starters had a tough time in July, posting a 4.51 ERA and allowed 21 homers in 149 2/3 innings. The best full-month for the starting pitchers this year was the month of April, when Frisco went an outstanding 17-4. Frisco’s starters had a 3.10 ERA and allowed 0.56 HR/9.0 innings pitched.

THOMPSON FINISHES ROAD TO THE SHOW:
Former RoughRiders starter Jake Thompson made his big league debut Saturday night for the Philadelphia Phillies. Taking the loss, he allowed six runs, all earned,  on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. He walked two and struck out just one. Thompson, who was acquired from the Tigers by Texas in the Joakim Soria trade in 2014, pitched for Frisco in 2014 an 2015 before being dealt to the Phillies in the eight player trade for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman. Thompson is the 146th former RoughRider to make the big leagues and eighth to make the show for the first time this season along with Nomar Mazara (2014-2015 with Frisco, debuted with Texas Rangers), Brett Nicholas (2013 with Frisco, Rangers), Cody Ege (2015 with Frisco, Miami Marlins), MATT BUSH (2016 with Frisco, Rangers), Jared Hoying (2012-2013 with Frisco, Rangers), Richard Bleier (2012-2013 with Frisco, New York Yankees), and JOSE LECLERC (2015-2016 with Frisco, Rangers).

OPPOSING STARTER:
Taken just two years ago, Daniel Poncedeleon is moving quickly through the Cardinals ranks and dominating along the way…Entering the year, the California native was 14-5 with a 2.20 ERA across two minor league seasons of Class A-Short Season, Class A, and Class A-Advanced competition…He has already set career-highs in wins (8), starts (22), innings pitched (123.0), walks allowed (45), and strikeouts (98)…Poncedeleon has made one start against the Riders this season on May 27, the first game Frisco played against Springfield this season…The righty pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings, gave up five hits, and struck out six in a no-decision…Drafted in the ninth round out of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (the same school as Rangers infielder coordinator Kenny Holmberg), Poncedeleon features a four seam fastball (low to mid 90s), sinker, slider, and a curveball…Drafted four times, Poncedeleon attended four different schools (Arizona, Cypress College, and Houston before Embry-Riddle)…He failed a physical with the Cubs after being drafted in 2013 that required surgery.

Meet the new Riders

Over the past week, there have been a load of new players transferred to Frisco.

If you have been following along closely, you may recognize some of the new names and faces. However, if you’ve missed out on the past few days of Riders coverage, you will probably be surprised to find out that the team has an entirely new look.

Let’s get to know some of the new players the Riders have received over the past couple weeks who are playing in Frisco for the first time this season.

Alexeis Bell – OF

The Rangers signed Bell, 32, to a minor league contract on July 15. He began his stateside career with the Rangers’ Arizona League squad. In four games, he went 4-for-16 with a walk and two strikeouts.

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Bell played his first 14 professional seasons in the Cuban National Series, where he was a career .319 hitter with 138 home runs and 632 RBI in 659 games. He also maintained a .417 on-base percentage and a .547 slugging percentage during his time in the Cuban National Series, most of which was spent with the Avispas de Santiago de Cuba. He won league MVP honors in the 2007-08 season after setting single-season league records for home runs (31) and RBI (111), while posting a .355 average.

The veteran outfielder spent last season with Les Capitales de Quebec in the Canadian-American Association, where he hit .317 with two homers and 23 RBI in 59 games. Bell also played nine games with Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican League this May.

Bell also has extensive experience representing Cuba on the international stage. Of note, he was part of the country’s Olympic team, which brought home the silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He also played on Cuba’s squad during the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Scott Carroll – RHP

The 31-year-old spent the majority of 2016 with Triple-A Charlotte of the International League, going 2-8 with a 3.55 ERA in 16 games, 12 starts. He made three relief outings with the White Sox in May, allowing three runs and two hits in 2 1/3 innings pitched. Carroll was on Chicago’s 40-man roster before being assigned outright to Charlotte on July 14.

In 47 Major League games, 19 starts, Carroll has a 6-11 record with a 4.60 ERA. He was 5-10 with a 4.80 ERA in 26 games, 19 starts with the White Sox in 2014. In 2015, he posted a 3.44 ERA in 18 relief appearances.

He spent his first six pro seasons in the Cincinnati organization before signing as a free agent with Chicago in July 2012.

Carlos Arroyo – OF

Arroyo, 23, has been with Round Rock, Class-A Hickory, Class A Short-season Hickory and the Arizona League Rangers. He has combined to play 18 games this season, hitting .298. The outfielder is in his fourth season as a professional, signing with the Rangers as a non-drafted free agent September 19, 2012 out of Valencia, Venezuela.

Jack Snodgrass – LHP

Snodgrass, 28, signed with the Rangers as a minor league free agent on July 14 after spending the first five seasons of his career in the San Francisco Giants organization. The lefty went 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA in four appearances with Round Rock. Snodgrass was drafted by the Giants in the 27th round of the 2011 draft out of Austin Peay State.

Eduard Pinto – OF

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Pinto, 21, departed Hickory as the team leader in batting average (.337), on-base percentage (.392), slugging percentage (.478), and OPS (.870). Pinto was named the South Atlantic League Player of the Week on July 10th, after batting .567/.581/.833 with two home runs, 2 doubles, and eight RBI over the seven game stretch. The 5’11” outfielder spent time with Hickory in both 2014 and 2015, which included a .364 average in the postseason while helping the Crawdads to the 2015 SAL Championship.

Carson Blair – C

Blair, 26, is in his ninth year as a professional. He spent the first seven seasons of his career in the Boston Red Sox organization before signing with the Oakland Athletics as a minor league free agent in November 2014. He was with Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville most of last season before making his Major League debut September 6 with the Athletics, where he played 11 big league games, batting .129 with one homer and three RBI.

The native of Argyle, Texas opened the 2016 season with Midland before earning a promotion to Nashville on July 3. Blair was released by the A’s on July 15. For his career, Blair is a .245 hitter with more than 43 percent of his hits going for extra bases (87 doubles, 12 triples, 38 home runs).

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: gaijin – Foreign players in the Japanese professional baseball leagues. Teams are allowed to have up to four gaijin on the roster (two position players and two pitchers). ETYMOLOGY. Japanese for “outsiders.”

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

Saddle Up: Riders at San Antonio (8/5)

GAME #111 (2nd HALF GAME #42)

Frisco RoughRiders (55-55 overall, 17-24 2nd half) at San Antonio Missions (41-70 overall, 19-22 2nd half)
Friday, August 5 – 7:05 p.m.
Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium – San Antonio, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (San Antonio feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 2 of 4 (Riders lead 1-0)
This season: Game 26 of 32 (Riders lead 18-7)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

RHP Reed Garrett (2-3, 5.40 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Thursday at San Antonio (W, 3-2)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: LHP Jack Snodgrass

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:

The RoughRiders jumped to an early lead and held on for a 3-2 over the San Antonio Missions Thursday night…Neither team scored after the third…The Riders scored once in the first and plated a pair of runs in the third inning…ANDY IBANEZ drove in two runs, and LUIS MARTE knocked in the other…JACK SNODGRASS fired six innings of two-run ball on just three hits, two of which came from Franchy Cordero, and struck out seven, one shy of his career-high…The bullpen tandem of JEFRI HERNANDEZ and JOE FILOMENO held the Missions scoreless over the final three innings…Filomeno earned his first save since mid-May and his first in Double-A with a hitless and scoreless ninth inning.

TIGHTENING UP WITH SAN ANTONIO:

After winning the first eight games in the season- series with the San Antonio Missions, things have gotten much closer. Frisco has still won 10 of the last 17, but each of the last three series have been series-splits. In addition, six of the last eight games in the series have been decided by two runs or fewer (including four one-run games).

BACKS AGAINST THE WALL:

With 29 games left, the Riders face a tremendous uphill battle for a postseason spot. If Midland goes 14-15 the rest of the way, the Riders would need to 25-4 the rest of the way to overtake them for the division title. If Corpus Christi rallies back and wins the division, the Riders still would have to make up a current 5.5 game deficit in the overall season standings back of Midland. The good news is that Frisco still plays six more games against the RockHounds this season.

MARVELOUS MARTE:

Riders shortstop LUIS MARTE continues to swing at a torrid rate the last few weeks. Last night, he extended his hitting streak to seven games. He now has hits in 15 of his last 17 games, and 10 of those are mutli-hit affairs. Marte’s .448 average since July 19 leads all full-season minor leaguers and is fourth among all minor leaguers.

POWER OUTAGE:

The Riders haven’t allowed a homer in five straight games. During the stretch, the Riders have only hit two homers, both from KELLIN DEGLAN on Wednesday. In four of those five games, there have been no homers hit by either side. The two home runs over five games is the lowest total (for both teams combined) in a five-game stretch this season in Frisco’s games. This comes on the heels of a month of July in which the Riders hit a season- high 27 homers and allowed a league-high 36.

TWIN-KILLING TEAMS:

This series features two of the more prolific double-play turning teams in the league. The Missions lead the circuit with 123 and the Riders are third with 108, nearly one per game. The Riders have turned a double play in six straight contests, while the Missions have turned four twin-killings over the last three games. The clubs turned three last night, with the Missions making two of them.

GETTING STARTED RIGHT:

Through four games this month, Riders starters have excelled. The quartet of FRANK LOPEZ, DAVID PEREZ, CONNOR SADZECK, and JACK SNODGRASS has allowed just seven earned runs in 21 1/3 innings of work, good for a 2.95 ERA, and have not allowed a single home run. Riders starters had a tough time in July, posting a 4.51 ERA and allowed 21 homers in 149 2/3 innings. The best full-month for the starting pitchers this year was, unsurprisingly, the month of April, when Frisco went an outstanding 17-4. Frisco’s starters had a 3.10 ERA and allowed 0.56 HR/9.0 innings pitched.

GOODLUCK, GOODNIGHT:

Frisco got ahead early last night and held on for the win. That’s a good thing for the club, because the Riders have done little against the San Antonio bullpen of late. One of the better ‘pens in the league has held Frisco to just 1R/1ER over the past six games, spanning 24 innings, good for a 0.38 ERA. Over that six game run, Missions relievers have allowed just 12 hits and four walks with 26 strikeouts. The Riders are 3-3 in those six games.

OPPOSING STARTER:

The RoughRiders face 25-year-old Kyle Lloyd for the seventh time this year in the series finale tonight. He’s 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA across 21 2/3 innings against Frisco so far…The Missions have kept him in the rotation since his first start of the year, which came against Frisco, on May 20, and he has been a reliable arm for San Antonio…Lloyd has delivered five quality starts, including four of his last six outings…Drafted in the 29th round of the 2013 Draft out of the University of Evansville, the fourth-year pro’s strongest pitch is a split-fingered fastball (low 90s).

Saddle Up: Riders at San Antonio (8/4)

GAME #110 (2nd HALF GAME #41)

Frisco RoughRiders (54-55 overall, 16-24 2nd half) at San Antonio Missions (41-69 overall, 19-21 2nd half)
Thursday, August 4 – 7:05 p.m.
Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium – San Antonio, TX
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Watch: MiLB.TV (San Antonio feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
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This series: Game 1 of 4
This season: Game 25 of 32 (Riders 17-7)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

LHP Jack Snodgrass (0-0, -.– ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Wednesday vs. Midland (W, 10-4)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW:

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders came back from down 2-0 and 3-1 over the first three innings before scoring six runs in the fifth to move ahead for good and beat the Midland RockHounds 10-4 in the series finale on Wednesday night…KELLIN DEGLANmashed two homers, JOE JACKSON knocked in four runs, and ISIAH KINER-FALEFA scored three times in the win…Starter CONNOR SADZECK battled through four innings, allowing three runs, while RICHELSON PENA worked five innings, not allowing a run until the ninth for the win.

BACKS AGAINST THE WALL:
With 30 games left, the Riders face a tremendous uphill battle for a postseason spot. If Midland goes .500 the rest of the way, the Riders would need to 26-4 the rest of the way to overtake them for the division title. If Corpus Christi rallies back and wins the division, the Riders still would have to make up a current 5.5 game defict in the overall season standings back of Midland. The good news is that Frisco still plays six more games against the RockHounds this season.

ALL ABOARD THE “E-TRAIN”:
The RoughRiders had four players promoted to Triple-A Round Rock yesterday. Infielder RONALD GUZMAN hit a homer and an RBI double in his Triple-A debut last night. Pitchers YOHANDER MENDEZJOHN FASOLA, and JOSE VALDESPINA all went up as well. Each of the three pitchers have spent limited time with Round Rock this season, while Guzman joined the Express for the first time in his career. In corresponding moves, the Riders activated pitcher JACK SNODGRASS who starts today, received outfielder CARLOS ARROYO, and pitchers SCOTT CARROLL and JUAN GRULLON (Round Rock). Additionally, pitcher REED GARRETT rejoined the squad from Class A-Advanced High Desert, and RYAN CORDELL was placed on the 7-day disabled list.

SOMETHING’S BREWING:
Monday, the Rangers traded outfielder LEWIS BRINSON and right-handed pitcher LUIS ORTIZ to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for catcher Jonathan Lucroy and right-handed pitcher Jeremy Jeffress. Brinson hit .237 with 11 home runs and 40 RBI in 77 games with Frisco this season, missing 21 games in June and part of July while on the disabled list. Ortiz joined the squad on May 20 and went 1-4 with a 4.08 ERA in nine outings (eight starts). He struck out 34 while walking just seven in his time with the Riders. Brinson (29th overall pick, 2012) and Ortiz (30th overall, 2014) were both first-round draft picks. Prior to the trade, MLBPipeline.com ranked Brinson as the No. 2 prospect in the Rangers farm system and Ortiz was slotted third. Brinson entered Milwaukee’s rankings at No. 2 and Ortiz at No. 5 when the rankings were updated Tuesday. Brinson was assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs, going 4-for-4 in his Sky Sox debut on Tuesday and hitting a grand slam last night.

MARVELOUS MARTE:
Riders shortstop LUIS MARTE continues to swing at a torrid rate the last few weeks. Last night, he notched his 13th multi-hit game of the season. He now has hits in 14 of his last 16 games, and 10 of those are mutli-hit affairs. Marte’s .453 average since July 19 leads all full-season minor leaguers and is fourth among all minor leaguers.

DEALING OUT DINGERS:
The Riders haven’t allowed a homer in four straight games. However, they recently had a stretch with homers allowed in 10 of 11 games. Over the last 15 games, Frisco pitching has allowed home runs in 10 games, with two of the homerless games coming with ground-ball specialist ARIEL JURADO starting on the mound. The Riders have given up 15 long balls in the 15-game stretch.  Frisco surrendered 36 home runs, most in the Texas League and fourth-most in Minor League Baseball during the month of July. On the season, the Riders have allowed 98 homers, second only to Springfield (100) for most home runs allowed in the Texas League this season.

SPEAKING OF HOME RUNS…:
The Riders were a home run machine at the plate for the early part of July, hitting 26 homers from July 4 through July 24. However, the RoughRiders hit just one home run in the final week of the month, with the lone long ball coming off the bat ofRYAN CORDELL on Saturday. Frisco finished July with 27 homers, second-most in the Texas League behind Tulsa (28).

RIDERS CROWD MLBPIPELINE  TOP 10:
The most recent MLBPipeline.com rankings include six RoughRiders ranked in the Top 30 from the Rangers farm system, and three are in the Top 10. ANDY IBANEZ (3) and RYAN CORDELL (6) are in  the Top 10 for the first time this season. MLBPipeline also released its mid-season top 100 prospect list, and two current Rangers prospects made the cut. Gallo topped the list at No. 14, and former RoughRider YOHANDER MENDEZ came in at No. 67. LEWIS BRINSON (21) and LUIS ORTIZ (63), traded to Milwakee on Monday, were also ranked in the top 100.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Michael Kelly was a supplemental first round pick of the Padres in June, 2011. He signed with scout Willie Bosque, for a bonus of $718,000 just 20 minutes before the August 15 deadline, turning down a baseball scholarship to the University of Florida… Kelly has an 89-92 mph 2-seam sinking FASTBALL, a 90-96 mph 4-seamer, a 75-77 mph CURVEBALL and a 77-79 mph CHANGEUP…He makes his eighth start of the season for San Antonio today and his first since coming back from Triple-A El Paso on July 31 where he was 6-1 with a 4.54 ERA.

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Midland (8/2)

GAME #108 (2nd HALF GAME #39)

Frisco RoughRiders (53-54 overall, 15-23 2nd half) vs. Midland RockHounds (59-49 overall, 26-12 2nd half)
Tuesday, August 2 – 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 4 (RockHounds lead 1-0)
This season: Game 21 of 28 (Series tied 10-10)

FRISCO LINEUP

  1. Luis Marte – SS
  2. Andy Ibanez – 2B
  3. Ryan Cordell – CF
  4. Joe Jackson – LF
  5. Alexeis Bell – RF
  6. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – C
  7. Luis Mendez – 1B
  8. Alberto Triunfel – 3B
  9. Shaq Matta – DH

RHP David Perez (1-4, 5.71 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Monday vs. Midland (L, 3-0)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: OF Alexeis Bell

Archived interview posted here 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 were shut out by the Midland RockHounds 3-0 Monday…Ben Bracewell and Corey Walter each tossed four scoreless innings, and Jake Sanchez earned the save…Frisco managed nine hits in the game, including three fromLUIS MARTE…The Riders, however, stranded eight runners and went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position…FRANK LOPEZ turned in his sixth quality start of the season, allowing three runs, two earned, in 6 1/3 innings.

SOMETHING’S BREWING:

Monday, the Rangers traded outfielder LEWIS BRINSON and right-handed pitcher LUIS ORTIZ to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for catcher Jonathan Lucroy and right-handed pitcher Jeremy Jeffress. Brinson hit .237 with 11 home runs and 40 RBI in 77 games with Frisco this season, missing 21 games in June and part of July while on the disabled list. Ortiz joined the squad on May 20 and went 1-4 with a 4.08 ERA in nine outings (eight starts). He struck out 34 while walking just seven in his time with the Riders. Brinson (29th overall pick, 2012) and Ortiz (30th overall, 2014) were both first-round draft picks. Prior to the trade, MLBPipeline.com ranked Brinson as the No. 2 prospect in the Rangers farm system and Ortiz was slotted third. Brinson entered Milwaukee’s rankings at No. 2 and Ortiz at No. 5 when the rankings were updated yesterday. Brinson has been assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs, while Ortiz is bound for Double-A Biloxi.

MARVELOUS MARTE:

Riders shortstop LUIS MARTE continues to swing at a torrid rate the last few weeks. Last night, he notched his fourth three-hit game of the season. He now has hits in 12 of his last 14 games, and eight of those are mutli-hit affairs. Marte’s .446 average since July 19 leads the Texas League and all of Double-A, in addition to ranking sixth in all of Minor League Baseball.

A ROUGH RIDE AGAINST THE ROCKHOUNDS:

The RoughRiders have had a hard time figuring out Midland pitching this season, managing just 3.4 runs per game against the RockHounds this year. Frisco is averaging 4.3 runs per game against the other six Texas League teams. In the last 12 games against Midland, the run production has dropped to 2.3 per game, including four one-run games and two shutouts. In that span, the Riders are hitting just .183 (13-for-71) with runners in scoring position. The Riders have lost five straight to Midland.

DEALING OUT DINGERS:

RoughRiders pitching has been highly prone to home runs the last few weeks. Frisco has allowed home runs in 10 of the last 13 games, with two of the homerless games coming with ground-ball specialist ARIEL JURADO starting on the mound. The Riders have given up 15 long balls in the 13-game stretch, including five in the last series against San Antonio.  Frisco surrendered 36 home runs, most in the Texas League and fourth-most in Minor League Baseball during the month of July. On the season, the Riders have allowed 98 homers, second only to Springfield (99) for most home runs allowed in the Texas League this season.

SPEAKING OF HOME RUNS…:

The Riders were a home run machine at the plate for the early part of July, hitting 26 homers from July 4 through July 24. However, the RoughRiders hit just one home run in the final week of the month, with the lone long ball coming off the bat ofRYAN CORDELL on Saturday. Frisco finished July with 27 homers, second-most in the Texas League behind Tulsa (28).

RIDERS CROWD MLBPIPELINE  TOP 10:

The most recent MLBPipeline.com rankings include eight RoughRiders ranked in the Top 30 from the Rangers farm system, and five are in the Top 10. YOHANDER MENDEZ jumped to No. 2 in the farm system only behind current big leaguer Joey Gallo after today’s trades. ANDY IBANEZ (3), RONALD GUZMAN (5), and RYAN CORDELL (6) are in  the Top 10 for the first time this season. MLBPipeline also released its mid-season top 100 prospect list, and two current Rangers prospects made the cut. Gallo topped the list at No. 14, and Mendez came in at No. 67. LEWIS BRINSON (21) and LUIS ORTIZ (63), traded to Milwaukee on Monday, were also ranked in the top 100.

SLIPPING DOWN IN THE STANDINGS:

The RoughRiders entered a three-game series in Midland last week trailing the RockHounds by six games in the second-half standings. However, after going 0-4 against the RockHounds in the las week and splitting a four-game set against San Antonio over the weekend, the Riders find themselves 11 games behind Midland, their largest standings deficit in either half this season. There are 32 games remaining in the second half, and nine of them come against the RockHounds.

OPPOSING STARTER:

Right-hander Daniel Gossett is quickly climbing the ladder in the Athletics’ farm system. The second round draft pick in 2014 out of Clemson jumped from No. 24 to No. 20 in MLBPipeline.com’s mid-season re-rankings thanks to his strong start to the season. He has gone seven or more innings in four of his 11 starts with the RockHounds, including a career-high 7 1/3 innings July 1 at Northwest Arkansas. In his first start against the Riders, Gossett worked four scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out five. Gossett spent a full season with Class-A Beloit last year in the Midwest League before a stint with Class A-Advanced Stockton to begin this season. The Lyman, South Carolina native, went 4-1 with a 3.33 ERA in nine starts with the Ports, earning California League Pitcher of the Week honors for the week of May 16-22. REPERTOIRE: Fastball (91-96), two-seam fastball, curveball (82-83), changeup (82-85), slider.

 

Best starts of the season for Riders pitchers

Ariel Jurado‘s first start at Dr Pepper Ballpark two nights ago was nothing short of spectacular.

He finally allowed a run on two hits in the sixth inning after beginning the evening by hurling five scoreless frames. After giving up a one-out double to Nelson Ward in the first, Jurado retired the next 14 batters he faced.

He struck out the side in the first inning and finished with a total of six. Additionally, he picked up six groundouts, three flyouts, and two popouts.

Jurado’s outing was surely one of the best five starts of the season for the RoughRiders. Let’s take a look back at four other impressive starts we have seen this year (not including Major League rehabilitation starts):

Richelson Pena (April 11 at Arkansas)

In his second appearance and first start with the Riders, Pena pitched a gem at Dickey-Stephens Park. The righty retired the first 17 batters he faced before issuing a two-out walk to Angel Rosa in the bottom of the sixth.

After the walk, Pena exited the game with the no-hitter still in tact. Arkansas finally got a hit in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out double by Andrew Daniel off reliever Reed Garrett.

Garrett preserved Frisco’s 1-0 lead through the bottom of the eighth, and Matt Bush worked around a pair of two-out walks in the ninth to cap off the one-hit gem by the Riders’ pitching staff.

Victor Payano (May 3 at San Antonio)

Payano’s start at Wolff Stadium on May 3 not only set a career-high for him in strikeouts for single game, but it was also the most batters fanned by a Riders pitcher this season. It is a mark that will be very hard to top.

The southpaw fanned 13 batters without issuing a walk in six shutout innings. He gave up just four hits, and the Riders won the game 3-0.

Connor Sadzeck (May 6 at San Antonio)

Three days after Payano’s gem to open the series, Sadzeck closed the series against the Missions with another dominant start for the RoughRiders.

The righty improved his record to 4-0 on the season, allowing just one run on two hits in seven innings. Unfortunately, his nine strikeouts paled in comparison to Payano’s 13 a few days earlier. Still, not too shabby.

Yohander Mendez (July 18 vs. San Antonio)

One of the most amazing things about this list is that four of the five best Riders starts of the season came against San Antonio. The Riders continued to assert their dominance over the Missions in Mendez’s start against the Missions a few weeks ago. Mendez retired the first 14 batters he faced (including striking out the side in the third) before finally giving up a two-out single to Luis Tejada in the top of the fifth.

However, Mendez gave up a two-run triple to Jose Rondon in the sixth. Rondon scored as well on the play, thanks to a throwing error, and the Missions took a 3-2 lead.

It was the first loss for Mendez with the Riders, despite the incredible start. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk, while giving up just three hits.

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: neutral win/loss – An estimate of a pitcher’s won-lost record if that pitcher were given league-average run support.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

Saddle Up: Riders vs. Midland (8/1)

GAME #107 (2nd HALF GAME #38)

Frisco RoughRiders (53-53 overall, 15-22 2nd half) vs. Midland RockHounds (58-49 overall, 25-12 2nd half)
Monday, August 1 – 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 4
This season: Game 20 of 28 (Riders lead 10-9)

FRISCO LINEUP

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

LHP Frank Lopez (5-5, 5.06 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Sunday vs. San Antonio (L, 11-7 – 10 innings)

Box Score
Recap
Postgame Notes

 

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT:
The RoughRiders salvaged a series split in the finale against San Antonio with a 4-2 win over the Missions…In his Dr Pepper Ballpark debut, ARIEL JURADO turned in his second straight quality start, going six innings and allowing a run on three hits, while striking out six…Jurado retired 15 of the first 16 hitters he faced, including 14 straight at one point…JOE JACKSON drove in two runs in the first…LEWIS BRINSON added an RBI single in the seventh, and the Riders added another insurance run on a balk.

SOMETHING’S BREWING:
Earlier today, the Rangers traded outfielder LEWIS BRINSON and right-handed pitcher LUIS ORTIZ to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for catcher Jonathan Lucroy and right-handed pitcher Jeremy Jeffress. Brinson hit .237 with 11 home runs and 40 RBI in 77 games with Frisco this season, missing 21 games in June and part of July while on the disabled list. Ortiz joined the squad on May 20 and went 1-4 with a 4.08 ERA in nine outings (eight starts). He struck out 34 while walking just seven in his time with the Riders. Brinson (29th overall pick, 2012) and Ortiz (30th overall, 2014) were both first-round draft picks. Prior to today’s trade, MLBPipeline.com ranked Brinson as the No. 2 prospect in the Rangers farm system and Ortiz was slotted third.

ONE-RUN FUN VS. MIDLAND:
The RoughRiders and RockHounds have been no strangers to one-run games this season. Nine of the 19 games between the two squads have been decided by a single tally this year, including six straight meetings (June 14, June 19-22, July 25). Frisco (39 one-run games) and Midland (38) trail only Corpus Christi (40) for most one-run contests in the Texas League this season.

DEALING OUT DINGERS:
RoughRiders pitching has been highly prone to home runs the last few weeks. Frisco has allowed home runs in 10 of the last 12 games, with the only two homerless games coming with ground-ball specialist ARIEL JURADO starting on the mound. The Riders have given up 15 long balls in the 12-game stretch, including five in the last series against San Antonio.  Frisco surrendered 36 home runs, most in the Texas League and fourth-most in Minor League Baseball during the month of July. On the season, the Riders have allowed 98 homers, second only to Springfield (99) for most home runs allowed in the Texas League this season.

SPEAKING OF HOME RUNS…:
The Riders were a home run machine at the plate for the early part of July, hitting 26 homers from July 4 through July 24. However, the RoughRiders hit just one home run in the final week of the month, with the lone long ball coming off the bat ofRYAN CORDELL on Saturday. Frisco finished July with 27 homers, second-most in the Texas League behind Tulsa (28).

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS:
Cuban star ALEXEIS BELL joined the Riders   Thursday and has gone 4-for-17 with two RBI in his first four games. Texas signed Bell to a minor league contract on July 15, and he began his stateside career with the Arizona League Rangers. In four AZL games, Bell went 4-for-16 with a walk and two strikeouts. Bell played his first 14 professional seasons in the Cuban National Series, where he was a career .319 hitter with 138 home runs and 632 RBI in 659 games. Bell spent last season with Quebec in the Canadian-American Association and played nine games with Quintana Roo of the Mexican League this May. He represented Cuba in the 2008 Olympics and the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

RIDERS CROWD MLBPIPELINE  TOP 10:
The most recent MLBPipeline.com rankings include eight RoughRiders ranked in the Top 30 from the Rangers farm system, and five are in the Top 10. YOHANDER MENDEZ jumped to No. 2 in the farm system only behind current big leaguer Joey Gallo after today’s trades. ANDY IBANEZ (3), RONALD GUZMAN (5), and RYAN CORDELL (6) are in  the Top 10 for the first time this season. MLBPipeline also released its mid-season top 100 prospect list, and two current Rangers prospects made the cut. Gallo topped the list at No. 15, and Mendez came in at No. 69. LEWIS BRINSON (22) and LUIS ORTIZ (65) were also ranked in the top 100.

SLIPPING DOWN IN THE STANDINGS:
The RoughRiders entered a three-game series in Midland last week trailing the RockHounds by six games in the second-half standings. However, after getting swept by the RockHounds and splitting a four-game set against San Antonio, the Riders find themselves 10 games behind Midland entering this three-game series. There are 33 games remaining in the second half, and 10 of them will come against the RockHounds.

OPPOSING STARTER:
Right-handed pitcher Ben Bracewell makes his sixth appearance and second start of the season against the RoughRiders tonight. The 25-year-old is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in his first five outings against Frisco this season, including 2 2/3 strong innings of relief Wednesday at Security Bank Ballpark. Bracewell allowed five hits, but just one run and picked up the victory in the series finale. His other start against the Riders came June 22 in Midland, when he allowed three hits and a run over five innings. The Mississippi State product joined the RockHounds from Class A-Advanced Stockton on April 27, despite going 1-1 with a 12.60 ERA in five outings with the Ports. Bracewell went undrafted out of MSU and began his career with the River City Rascals of the independent Frontier League before signing with the A’s in July 2014. REPERTOIRE: Fastball, slider, changeup, curveball.

Riding Through the Farm (July 31)

Riding Through the Farm v3

“Riding Through the Farm” is your weekly look at what’s going on in the Rangers organization outside of Frisco.

TEXAS RANGERS (61-44 – 1st, AL West)

The Rangers are starting to turn the corner after a slow resumption from the All-Star break. Texas has taken the first three games from Kansas City and is going for the sweep this afternoon.

Earlier this week, the Rangers traded High Desert infielder Travis Demeritte to the Atlanta organization for pitchers Lucas Harrell (starting today) and Dario Alvarez. Demeritte has been assigned to Class A-Advanced Carolina.

Joey Gallo is back with the Rangers and homered in his return to the big leagues earlier this week.

Plus, Mitch Moreland is blistering hot right now, hitting a walk-off homer last night and has four homers in his last four games (including today)

Texas is reportedly making a push for Jonathan Lucroy, who blocked a potential trade to Cleveland earlier today. The trade deadline is tomorrow. Per Jon Morosi, the Brewers would potentially be seeking Luis Ortiz or Yohander Mendez as part of the return package.

Today: vs. Kansas City, 2:05 p.m. (SP: RHP Lucas Harrell)

TRIPLE-A ROUND ROCK EXPRESS (51-57 – T-3rd, PCL American Southern Division)

The Express have been sliding a bit lately, but bounced back last night with a 13-7 win over Memphis that featured four home runs.

Preston Beck is hitting .320 (8-for-25) through his first six games with the Express, but hasn’t played since Tuesday. Alex Burg is 4-for-19 with three doubles since going up last week.

Next: Tonight vs. Memphis (SP: RHP Nick Martinez)

CLASS-A ADVANCED HIGH DESERT MAVERICKS (63-42 overall, 20-15 second half – 1st place overall, California League South Division)

The Mavericks have thrived late in games the last few nights, scoring come-from-behind wins against Dodgers-affiliated Rancho Cucamonga, joining the Mavericks as one of the best teams in the California League.

Outfielder Scott Heineman is in the midst of a hot stretch for the Mavericks, going 9-for-20 with four homers and six RBI in his last five games.

Former Riders pitcher Reed Garrett makes the start tonight for the Mavs, his second since going down on July 22. Garrett gave up six earned runs in five innings in his first start back with High Desert.

Today: at Rancho Cucamonga, 4:05 (SP: RHP Reed Garrett)

CLASS-A HICKORY CRAWDADS (55-49 overall, 17-17 second half – 4th overall, South Atlantic League Northern Division)

After struggling for awhile, the Crawdads are leveling back out a bit in the last few weeks. They remain in the hunt for the second-half title, sitting 3.5 games behind first-place Hagerstown with 36 games to go.

The ‘Dads are currently taking on Hagerstown but have dropped two of the first three games in the four-game set. The finale is today, and a split would be important toward keeping Hickory close in the race.

Last year’s first-round pick Dillon Tate had another so-so outing on Thursday, giving up four runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. Tate has a 3-3 record and a 5.12 ERA through 17 outings (16 starts) this year.

Today: vs. Hagerstown, 5:00 p.m. (SP: RHP Jonathan Hernandez)

CLASS A-SHORT SEASON SPOKANE INDIANS (21-22 overall, 2-3 second half – Northwest League North Division first half champions)

The Indians finished strong in the first half, edging out Padres-affiliated Tri-City to win the first half. They join High Desert as the two teams in the farm system to win the opening half, while the other affiliates are still seeking a playoff berth in the latter half of the season.

Xavier Turner is pacing the Mavericks with a .333 average in his first 28 games. On the mound, the team ERA of 4.01 doesn’t sound all that good, but it puts the Indians fourth in the eight-team Northwest League, where the league’s best ERA is currently 3.42 (Tri-City).

Tonight: vs. Everett, 5:30 p.m. (SP: RHP Tyler Phillips)

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: KP Duty – Assignment to the bullpen

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

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