The Frisco RoughRiders, Double-A affiliate to the Texas Rangers, get shutout by the Hooks, 5-0. Corpus Christi held the RoughRiders to just five hits, coming from only three Frisco players. The Hooks starting pitcher, a former Rangers farmhand, Akeem Bostick, led the charge that kept the RoughRiders bats at bay.
Bostick tossed 6.0 innings, giving up no hits and no runs. He walked one, and had three strikeouts. The Hooks bullpen continued the shutout effort. Sean Stutzman pitched 2.0 innings, allowing one hit and landing two punch outs. Albert Minnis finished the game, allowing just one hit over his one inning.
For the RoughRiders, David Ledbetter started and earned the loss. He went 4.1 innings, giving up four hits and three runs (all earned). Ledbetter finished with five strikeouts, four walks, and an ERA of 4.07. There were moments of visible anger, as Ledbetter seemed to disagree with some of the balls and strikes calls. A pickoff attempt that umpires called safe also agitated the right-handed pitcher.
In relief, the RoughRiders bullpen tossed 4.2 innings. Combined, they surrendered eight hits and two earned runs. Altogether, the ‘pen had five strikeouts and two walks. Shane McCain, Adam Loewen, and Joe Filomeno all made relief appearances.
All five of the team hits came from just three batters. Juremi Profar, Drew Vettleson, and Michael De Leon came through for the RoughRiders. De Leon went 2-4, with a double. This was his 11th multi-hit of the season. Vettleson also went 2-4, earning his fifth multiple-hit game of the year.
The RoughRiders left 10 runners on base. They hit 0-3 with runners in scoring position (RISP). Today’s loss marks the third time that the RoughRiders have been shutout this season
It was a poor showing for the RoughRiders offense. Unfortunately, this has seemed to be normal for the team. Prior to today’s matchup, Frisco carried the second-lowest batting average in the Texas League. They now sit with a 19-24 record.
The RoughRiders will face the Hooks tomorrow, for the last game of the series. The action starts at 11:05 AM CT, from Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. Frisco will send top-prospect Yohander Mendez to the hill. He will enter the matchup 2-2, with a 3.47 ERA. Kyle Hill will start for Corpus Christi, affiliate to the Houston Astros. He sits at 1-1, with an ERA of 3.71.
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