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Frisco RoughRiders: Late Rally Gives Riders The Win


The Frisco RoughRiders, Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, defeat the Tulsa Drillers Friday night, 6-3. A late-game rally in the ninth, where Frisco scored five runs, gave the club the win in the series finale. Tulsa attempted a comeback in the bottom of the ninth but fell short in their efforts.

Andy Ibanez hit a single that scored one, breaking the 1-1 tie in the ninth inning. Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Scott Heineman aided in the effort, each with their own RBI singles later in the inning. Michael O’Neill had a busy night, going 3-5 with a double, home run, RBI, two runs, and a stolen base. Ibanez finished 2-4, with one RBI, and a run scored. Kiner-Falefa ended 2-5, with one RBI.

In just his second Double-A start, Tyler Davis held the Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate to three hits and one run (earned) over his seven innings of work. He struck out four and walked one, gaining a no-decision. Ricardo Rodriguez relieved Davis, and almost allowed the Drillers a comeback. In 1.1 innings, Rodriguez gave up three hits and two runs (all earned). Nick Gardewine closed out the matchup, tossing 2/3 of an inning. He allowed just one hit and no runs.

News and notes from RidersBaseball.com:

  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa recorded his team-leading 26th multi-hit game and team-best 37th RBI.
  • Scott Heineman extended his on-base streak to 22 games with a walk and a two-run single, and Michael O’Neill collected his first three-hit game with the Riders.
  • Tyler Davis tossed a career-high seven innings Friday night. In two Double-A starts, Davis has allowed two runs on seven hits in 13 innings, good for a 1.38 ERA.
  • The Drillers scored 18 of their 23 runs in the series in the sixth inning or later.
  • With the win Friday, the Riders snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Frisco RoughRiders begin a three-game set against the Springfield Cardinals, beginning Saturday night. Game one begins at 6:10 PM, in Springfield. The St. Louis Cardinals affiliate will send Chris Ellis (0-4, 5.06 ERA) to the mound. He’ll take on Collin Wiles (7-4, 3.53 ERA), who has had solid performances for the RoughRiders.

You can watch the game via MiLB.tv, or listen to the broadcast at RidersBaseball.com.

Follow Blake Cole on Twitter (@blakeacole) for more on the Frisco RoughRiders, and other MiLB Texas League teams and players.



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Blake Cole
Blake Cole is The Inscriber's exclusive reporter to the Texas Rangers Double-A affiliate, the Frisco RoughRiders. He has been a sports writer for two years. His work has been featured on Bleacher Report, and other various websites. He has vastly covered all aspects of baseball, Major League and Minor League. Feel free to contact Blake any time to discuss any baseball topic you have in mind!

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