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ROBINSON KNOCKS INSIDE THE PARK HOMER IN WIN

RIDERS EVEN SERIES WITH 6-3 VICTORY ON BARK IN THE PARK NIGHT

FRISCO, TEXAS (August 26, 2015) – The Frisco RoughRiders evened the series with the San Antonio Missions behind a 6-3 victory at Dr Pepper Ballpark in front of 358 four-legged friends on Bark in the Park Night. Ryan Cordell hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the third inning and Drew Robinson raced around the bases for an inside-the-park homer in the fourth.

Down 2-0 in the third, Trever Adams scored on a Luis Marte ground out. Then with one on and two out, Cordell’s fifth long ball of the season gave the Riders a 3-2 advantage.

Robinson padded the Frisco lead with his Texas League-leading 20th homer of the year, this time of the inside-the-park fashion. It’s the second inside-the-park home run of the season for a Frisco player, as Joey Gallo accomplished the feat in May.

The Missions jumped ahead with a run in the first and third frames. Benji Gonzalez led off the contest with a walk and scored on a RBI-single from Diego Goris. In the third, Goris notched his second RBI of the night with a sacrifice fly to score Taylor Lindsey and give San Antonio a 2-0 lead.

Connor Sadzeck received a no-decision in his start for the Riders. The lefty allowed two runs over 2 2/3 innings. Dennis O’Grady (3-5) picked up the loss in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander allowed four runs on eight hits, but struck out five. Juan Grullon (1-2) tossed a scoreless 1 1/3 innings to earn his first win for Frisco.

The Missions got within one run in the seventh as Tyson Gillies hit a solo-homer to make it a 4-3 game.

The Riders added insurance in the eighth inning. With the bases loaded, a fielding error from Yeison Asencio allowed Alex Burg and Robinson to score and put Frisco on top 6-3. David Martinez gave up a walk and a double in the ninth but cleaned up the mess to pick up his 21st save of the year and finish off the Riders victory.

RHP Jose Leclerc gets the nod for Frisco on Thursday night. San Antonio sends RHP Bryan Rodriguez to the mound in the 7:05 p.m. contest. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest. FSSW’s Anthony Andro and Paul Kruger, Rangers’ Manager of Minor League Operations, join Alex Vispoli for the call. For tickets to see the Riders in 2015, call 972-731-9200, E-mail Info@ridersbaseball.com or visit http://www.ridersbaseball.com.

 

G-ROD ENDS CAREER IN FRONT OF 11,813 FANS

RIDERS FALL IN FRONT OF FIFTH-LARGEST CROWD

FRISCO, TEXAS (September 6, 2015) – The Frisco RoughRiders fell to the Midland RockHounds, 7-1, on Sunday evening at Dr Pepper Ballpark in front of 11,813 fans, the fifth-largest crowd in franchise history. Guilder Rodriguez announced his retirement following a single in the seventh inning.

With two outs in the seventh, Rodriguez singled to right field. The RoughRiders’ career leader in games played, hits, and stolen bases was removed from the contest to a standing ovation from the fans, his teammates, and his opponents. His family met him on field and the game was paused for a special video montage, highlighting the Venezuelan’s career.

Midland jumped ahead in the third frame. Jose Leclerc walked three-straight batters after recording two outs to load the bases and Renato Nunez put the Hounds on top, 4-0, with his second grand slam in as many nights.

The RockHounds added two more runs in the fourth. Matt Olson and Josh Whitaker led off with base knocks and scored on a double from Chad Oberacker.

Frisco found the scoreboard in the sixth. Rodriguez walked and later scored on a Preston Beck RBI-single to make it a 6-1 game. Midland countered in the seventh. Colin Walsh worked his third walk of the contest and scored on a single from Nunez.

Dillon Overton (5-2) picked up the win with a scoreless five-inning performance. The lefty allowed four hits and struck out five for Midland. Leclerc (6-8) was dealt the loss in his 4 1/3 innings outing. The right-hander struck out five but allowed six runs on six hits and four walks.

Fans have one more chance to watch the RoughRiders this season, as Frisco closes out the 2015 campaign on Monday (Labor Day) at 6:05 p.m. against the Midland RockHounds. For tickets to see the Riders, fans can call (972) 731-9200, e-mail Info@RidersBaseball.com or visit http://www.RidersBaseball.com.

 

HOME-COOKED SLIDERS

RoughRiders’ pitcher Jake Thompson finds himself in a familiar place after a trade sent him to the Texas Rangers organization last season.

“I’m in Double-A, in my hometown. It has a little more of a big league feeling,” said Thompson about the trade to Texas. “It’s a little bit different than playing in Lakeland, Florida.”

The Rangers assigned Thompson to Frisco following the trade last July that sent Joakim Soria to Detroit for Thompson and Corey Knebel.

Thompson grew up just down the road in Rockwall, Texas. He attended Rockwall-Heath High School where he helped bring a 4A state baseball title to the Hawks his senior year in 2012. He finished his senior season with a 12-3 record and a 1.90 ERA, earning him a first-team All-American selection from Baseball America.

Prior to winning the state crown, Thompson was selected in the second round of the MLB June Draft by the Detroit Tigers. He pitched effectively during his time with the Tigers organization, compiling a 6-4 record with a 3.14 ERA with Detroit’s Advanced-A affiliate in Lakeland. He started two games in Double-A with the Erie SeaWolves allowing three runs over 11 innings. Baseball America rated him at the Tiger’s fourth-best prospect.

Now in Texas, Thompson gets a chance to pitch in front of his hometown friends and family.

“I’m always getting beat up for tickets from my buddies,” laughed Thompson.

Thompson finished his 2014 season in Frisco going 3-1 over seven starts. He posted a 3.28 ERA over 35 2/3 innings pitched while striking out 44 batters. Thompson participated in spring training with the club in Surprise, Arizona and wanted his presence to be felt on and off the field.

“I made it a point to get to know everyone, staff and players,” said Thompson. “I didn’t want to be the guy who didn’t know the Low-A (Hickory) pitching coach was.”

2015 has been a series of peaks and valleys for Thompson. He threw six shutout innings against Arkansas on April 17, and struck out a career-high 12 over seven innings on May 4 at Corpus Christi.

Pitching coach Jeff Andrews praised the May 4 start saying, “We’ve been waiting for Jake to hit a groove, and he did a really nice job with his pitch selection, forcing swings and his efficiency was the best it’s been.”

For every groove, there’s been a nick as Thompson was tagged for six earned runs in four inning start on April 23, and lasted just 2/3 of an inning on May 9 against Midland allowing seven runs.

Part of the maturation process is finding consistency and Andrews remains confident in the young right-hander.

“He has the ability to really spin the breaking ball, and that’s naturalness for him that a lot of pitchers don’t have,” Andrews continued. “I can certainly understand why our scouts had interest.”

The Rangers hope the Rockwall-native can eventually move from Frisco to Arlington. MLB.com tabbed Thompson as the eighth-ranked prospect in the Rangers organization saying, “At 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, Thompson has the build to be a durable starter, and he also possesses the stuff to pitch near the front of a rotation.”

Thompson remains focused on the task at hand while ensuring his progress arrow continuously points up instead of anxiously awaiting his ultimate career goals.

“For me, in the next few months I want to see steady progress,” said Thompson. “I want to take the mound each and every time, and be better at something than I was the time before.”

With a local on the roster, you’ll be sure to hear loud applause and cheers every time Thompson sits down an opposing batter, though eventually, they hope it’s while wearing a Texas Rangers uniform.

 

TEXAS RANGERS CALL UP FORMER RIDER LUKE JACKSON

PITCHER IS THE 134TH FORMER ROUGHRIDER TO REACH BIG LEAGUES

FRISCO, TEXAS (AUGUST 6, 2015) – The Texas Rangers announced on Thursday that the club recalled right-handed pitcher Luke Jackson from Triple-A Round Rock. Jackson appeared in 21 games with Frisco from 2013 to 2014. He is the 134th former RoughRider to earn a promotion to the Major Leagues.

Jackson, 23, has spent the season at Round Rock, composing a 2-2 record over 33 games (five starts). In 60 innings, the Florida-native has posted a 4.05 earned run average while striking out 71 batters. He was a first round, 45th overall, selection for the Texas Rangers in 2010 out of Calvary Christian HS in Fort Lauderdale.

In his two seasons with the RoughRiders, Jackson went 10-2 while starting 18 games and was chosen as a Texas League Mid-Season All-Star in 2014. He combined to post a 2.45 ERA over 110 innings and struck out 113 batters. His 2.45 ERA is 8th all-time in Riders’ history.

Jackson joins fellow former Riders Ryan StrausborgerJoey GalloHanser AlbertoAlex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez and Keone Kela to make their major league debuts with the Rangers this season. Additionally, former Riders Odubel Herrera (Phillies) and Wilfredo Boscan (Pirates) also made the majors for the first time.

For tickets to see the future stars of the Texas Rangers at Dr Pepper Ballpark, call (972) 731-9200, e-mail Info@RidersBaseball.com or visit http://www.RidersBaseball.com. Additional updates and promotional information are available via the RoughRiders’ Facebook, Twitter and website.

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