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Second Inning Shift

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In case you missed it:

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

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

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

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

Bianucci in his RoughRider days, circa 2011.

Bianucci in his RoughRider days, circa 2011.

 

 

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

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 25

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

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

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

In case you missed it:

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

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

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

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

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 22

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

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

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

In case you missed it:

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

-LF Jake Smolinski: 1/4, SO

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

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

-DH/C Tomás Telis: 0/4

-PH Odubel Herrera: 1/1

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

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

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

-RHP Phil Klein: DNP

-LHP Edwar Cabrera: DNP

-2B Rougned Odor: DNP

 

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

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 21

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

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

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

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

In case you missed it:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 20

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

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

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

In case you missed it:

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

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

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

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

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 19

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

The victory Thursday night bore significance in several respects:

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

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

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

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

In case you missed it:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 17

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The second half began in the same way the first half ended for the RoughRiders. Click here to read the full game recap.

The RoughRiders have lost three in a row for the third time this season. They dropped a trio April 5-7 and lost three consecutive to the Missions at Wolff Stadium May 17-19.  Frisco has not been swept in a series this year, an instrumental factor in its standing atop the Texas League. The ‘Riders thus far have been able to avoid the long losing skid.

Of course, last night’s results and indeed, baseball as a whole, seem shallow in the face of Richard Durrett’s passing yesterday afternoon. His presence is already missed. Be sure to read Alex’s eulogy to Richard on the ‘Riders Insider Blog.

Star of the Game: 2B Odubel Herrera - 2/4, RBI

Odubel’s run-scoring single in the sixth inning broke an stretch of 18 scoreless frames for the ‘Riders. He also reached on an infield base knock in the eighth inning to load the bases as Frisco attempted to piece together a rally. Through 59 games played in 2014 (29 with Myrtle Beach and 30 with Frisco), the Venezuelan is batting .314 with 40 runs scored and 29 driven in.

In case you missed it:

-The opponent has scored first in all seven games of the road trip thus far.

-Midland’s Anthony Aliotti continued his romp against the RoughRiders with a double, a home run and two RBI. For the series, Aliotti is 7-for-11 with four runs, three doubles, two home runs, four RBI, a walk and three strikeouts.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-3, 2BB, K; Gallo has drawn six walks in the series (two per game) and now has nine free trips with the RoughRiders alongside 13 strikeouts.

-LHP Will Lamb made his RoughRiders debut and pitched one scoreless inning. The 6-foot-6 180 pound hurler allowed one hit, one walk and tossed (surprise!) one strikeout.

-The RoughRiders outhit Midland 9-8, but left 13 men on base.

Our pregame interview with outfielder Teodoro Martinez details Teo’s approach at the plate (as evidenced by his .310 batting average) and his rooting interests in the World Cup. His answer may surprise you:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 16

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Frisco ends the first half on a two-game losing streak and with its second shutout in past six days courtesy of a 3-0 defeat at the paws of the Midland RockHounds. Click here to read the full game recap.

The RoughRiders’ offense is officially in a slump. Its two hits on Monday set a season low, and they have just seven hits through the first two games of the series. With the exception of two big innings in the Corpus Christi series, the ‘Riders have scored in six of the past 54 innings.

Slumps are far from uncommon, as any baseball fan knows, especially at this juncture in the season. Fans have been spoiled by a RoughRiders unit that has generated hits and runs at a consistent clip since a sleepy first week of the season.

At this point, it’s important not to mistake the downturn in run production with “coasting.” Jason Wood and his staff are too competitive and care too much about winning to allow this team to mentally check itself out of the second half, postseason berth already in hand. On the other hand, Wood & co. also understand the season is a marathon, not a sprint, and the ability to maintain over the long haul is more important than implementing anything radical to jolt the offense in the short term. They will get back on track.

Star of the Game: RF Teodoro Martinez – 1/3, 2B

The baseball flu has yet to inflict Teo, who doubled in his third straight game last night. He tallied the only extra-base hit and was one of only two runners to reach scoring position for the RoughRiders. Over his last ten games, “Cafe” bats .361, which isn’t too far removed from his season average of .314 through 39 games.

In case you missed it:

-The opponent has scored first in all six games of the road trip thus far.

-Midland’s Anthony Aliotti has given the ‘Riders fits through the first two games of the series. The left-handed hitter posted a .179 through the ten games prior to Frisco’s arrival, but has since gone 5-for-7 with three runs, a home run, two doubles, two RBI, one walk and two strikeouts.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-1, 2BB, K; Gallo has drawn four walks in the series.

-RHP Kyle Lotzkar landed on the disabled list with a strained left quad. The ‘Riders currently have a season-high four players on the DL, three of whom are pitchers (Rodebaugh, Kela).

-Lotzkar to the DL opens up room for lefty reliever Will Lamb, a 2011 second round draft choice out of Clemson. Lamb is the rare southpaw who can touch the mid-90s with his fastball. Tall and willowy at 6-foot-6 180 pounds, Lamb arrived in Midland late yesterday afternoon and joined the team in the dugout with the game already in progress. He becomes the eighth player sent up from Advanced-A Myrtle Beach this season.

Also, new this week, we will begin to incorporate the previous day’s pregame interview into “‘Riders Rewind.” These interviews are typically posted every Sunday in “‘Riders on the Record,” but for the sake of immediacy, we want to present them to you a bit sooner in the week. Enjoy a two-for-one special today:

Jason Wood and Alex Vispoli look back on the season’s first half in this Father’s Day edition of “Sunday with the Skipper:”

 

RHP Jon Edwards overcame a rocky start to the season and has not allowed a run in his last seven outings. He discusses how he navigated through the rough patch and emerged a better player and person. Jon also pitched at nearby Keller High School, which has produced multiple professional baseball athletes in recent years:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – Father’s Day

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The ‘Riders won on Mother’s Day (May 11) but lost on Father’s Day by an 8-3 decision to the Midland RockHounds. Click here to read the full game recap.

It was a tough night for Kyle Lotzkar, who entered the game with a handlebar mustache and two down in the third inning after an abbreviated outing from Alex Gonzalez. Lotzkar could not get the out he needed before an inherited runner and two of his own scored to put Midland up 4-0. After Frisco trimmed the lead to one, Lotzkar gave all three runs back on an RBI double to Dusty Coleman, the Texas League leader in strikeouts.

The RoughRiders will try and even the series tonight with Alec Asher on the mound. Asher pitched well in his last outing (season-high eight strikeouts) but received no run support and took the loss. Big Cat is 6-5 with a 3.14 ERA.

Star of the Game: 2B Odubel Herrera - 3/4, R, SB

Odubel was the only man in the order with multiple hits on Sunday. His third hit rang in the ninth inning off left-handed pitcher Frank Gailey, which is significant because Odubel has struggled against southpaws this season. After one hit in his first 24 at-bats against lefty pitching, the Venezuelan now has two in his last three games.

Through 28 games with the RoughRiders, Odubel is batting .333 with seven extra-base hits, 14 runs, 17 RBI and three stolen bases.

In case you missed it:

-The opponent has scored first in all five games of the road trip thus far.

-Teodoro Martinez has been feast or famine as of late. The righty has hit into a double play in each of his last four games, but has driven in six runs over the last two.

-Randy Henry made his 2014 RoughRiders debut and gave up one run on three hits with no walks and two strikeouts over 2 1/3 innings.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-2, 2BB, K…Gallo now has five walks and 11 strikeouts with the RoughRiders.

-With Patrick Cantwell on the DL with a wrist contusion, Carlos Garay made his first start of the season behind home plate. Garay’s previous Double-A experience could be encompassed in one at-bat in the ninth inning on May 17 against San Antonio. The 19-year-old from Venezuela was not on the active roster for much of his time with team and served as the bullpen catcher. He finished the game 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.

Enjoy the highlights, and thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 14

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The RoughRiders left Corpus Christi with the sweet taste of victory on their tongues, having licked the Hooks by a 10-2 margin. Anything left behind in the visiting team’s clubhouse or at the hotel can be collected in a mere four days’ time when the ‘Riders boomerang right back to south Texas for their second four-game series with the Hooks in 12 games. Only in the Texas League!  Click here to read the full game recap.

It’s the most lopsided win of the season series for Frisco, who now leads 10-6 over Corpus Christi in 2014. However, the Hooks own the most decisive victory this year by way of an 11-2 blowout on April 28.

Star of the Game: RHP Jon Edwards – 3.0IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 6K

Edwards ferried the ‘Riders from the sixth through the eighth innings on Saturday in perhaps his finest performance of the season. His efforts were part of a collectively splendid night by Frisco’s pitching, which held Corpus Christi to just one hit in the game. The right-hander allowed only one baserunner when he walked Nolan Fontana in the sixth. One batter later, Andrew Aplin grounded back to the mound and Edwards triggered the double play to end the inning. He faced just nine batters over his trio of innings and sat down the side in order on strikes in the eighth.

After a rocky start to the season, Edwards kept a cool head on his shoulders and has allowed one run in his last seven appearances (11 1/3 innings pitched). Now that his high-octane fastball is landing for strikes on a more consistent basis, Edwards’ slider has emerged as a pitch with which to be reckoned.  At least of his six strikeouts on Saturday came via the slider.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders now have 40 wins with two games to play in the first half of the season. Frisco has attained 40 or more wins by the midway point in six of its 12 seasons as an organization.

-For the first time this season, field manager Jason Wood left Jake Smolinski off his lineup card. Smolinski was in a three-way tie with Rymer Liriano (San Antonio) and Alex Yarbrough (Arkansas) for most games played in the Texas League this season (66). He is now tied with Yeison Asencio (San Antonio) and Lane Adams (Northwest Arkansas) for second place.

-Luke Jackson won his eighth game on the mound last night, the most in the Texas League. Conversely, Brady Rodgers suffered his ninth loss, also tops in the league.

-Gallo watch: 1/5, 2K…he now has 87 singles and 87 home runs in his professional career (all in the Rangers organization).

-Trever Adams’ two-run home run in the fifth was his seventh of the season and broke an 0-for-12 slump at the plate.

-Drew Robinson’s two-run home run in the ninth was his sixth of the season and first since May 22.

-Ryan Rua’s on-base streak ended at 21 games as the designated hitter went 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts. Another impressive run for Rua, who now has multiple on-base streaks of 20 or more games.

-Rua was the only batter in the ‘Riders lineup without a hit on Saturday.

-The RoughRiders ripped off five straight base hits at one point in their active fifth inning. During that run, three hits deflected off either the glove or the person of starting pitcher Brady Rodgers.

-Jake Skole’s RBI single in the fifth broke a ten-game RBI drought.

Enjoy the highlights, and thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

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