The Frisco RoughRiders, Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, snap a six-game losing streak on Saturday night, defeating the Corpus Christi Hooks 3-1. Texas Rangers pitcher Tyson Ross made his second rehab start with the RoughRiders, helping to dominate the Hooks batters. The club was swept in their last series, against the Midland RockHounds, but avoid the chance of a sweep in this series with Saturday’s victory.
Ross, in his second rehab start with the RoughRiders, tossed seven innings of outstanding baseball. He allowed four hits and one run (earned) while walking two and striking out eight. Ross had an occasional issue with command and control at times. It was nothing to consider serious, but it may convince the Rangers to have him make a third rehab start with the RoughRiders.
Cody Palmquist and Nick Gardewine pitched in relief. They each threw one inning, allowing no hits and no runs.
The fourth inning was key for the RoughRiders and led to their run production. Andy Ibanez started the action with a sacrifice fly that scored one. Jose Cardona followed with a two-run double, putting the RoughRiders ahead 3-0.
News and notes from RidersBaseball.com:
- The Riders struck out 11 batters Saturday and have fanned 34 hitters over the first three games of the series with Corpus Christi.
- With Tyson Ross’ quality start Saturday, the Riders have now received four consecutive quality starts but are 1-3 in those games.
- The Riders have tallied 10 runs in their past six games after scoring 16 runs in the four contests prior.
The Frisco RoughRiders will take on the Corpus Christi Hooks again Sunday night, for the final matchup of the four-game set. The action is set to begin at 7:05 PM from Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. Right-handed pitcher Richelson Pena is set to make his 2017 RoughRiders debut. He’ll take on righty Yoanys Quiala (2-3, 4.06 ERA) of the Hooks.
You can watch the action via MiLB.tv, or listen to the broadcast at RidersBaseball.com.
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*Featured image courtesy of the Frisco RoughRiders.