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Frisco RoughRiders: Mendez Shows Off Talent In Close Win

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The Frisco RoughRiders, Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, defeated the Midland RockHounds Tuesday night, 1-0. Top-prospect Yohander Mendez dazzled across seven innings, shutting down the Oakland Athletics affiliate. With Tuesday’s win, the RoughRiders open the second half of the season strong.

Left-handed pitcher Yohander Mendez ranked as the Rangers No. 2 prospect heading into the game and gave the RoughRiders a quality start. He tossed 7.0 innings of three-hit baseball. Mendez allowed no runs, no walks, and struck out seven batters. He earned the win, improving to 5-4 on the season. Mendez’s performance Tuesday, and Collin Wiles’ outing Monday, gives the RoughRiders back-to-back quality starts.

You can read more about Collin Wiles by clicking here.

You can read more about Yohander Mendez by clicking here.

Reed Garrett and Nick Gardewine combined to close out the game in scoreless relief. Garrett threw one inning, giving up just one hit. He walked one and struck out one. Gardewine earned the save, pitching one inning of perfect baseball. He punched out two batters along the way.

Seven RoughRiders got hits in the matchup, with Michael DeLeon and Eric Aguilera being the two who were left out. The only run for Frisco came on a single from Jose Cardona in the fourth inning, that sent the go-ahead run home.

News and notes from RidersBaseball.com:

  • Yohander Mendez has allowed one run or fewer in three of his last four starts. In those three outings, he’s allowed one run on 11 hits in 20 innings of work.
  • Scott Heineman has reached safely in 11 of his last 16 plate appearances.
  • The Riders have won consecutive games for the first time since June 3, when they swept a doubleheader from Arkansas.
  • Riders manager Joe Mikulik recorded his 155th win in a Riders uniform Tuesday, moving him into second place on the franchise’s all-time list.

With the second half of the season underway, all teams in the Texas League started back with 0-0 records. The RoughRiders now sit at 1-0, after Tuesday’s edge-out win.

Cole Hamels will start for the RoughRiders on Wednesday, making his second rehab start. You can get the details of Hamels’ first rehab start by clicking here. He will take on Joel Seddon (3-1, 3.40 ERA) for the Midland RockHounds.

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

Follow Blake Cole, The Inscriber’s Senior Writer, on Twitter (@blakeacole) for more on the Frisco RoughRiders, Texas Rangers, and more.

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