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Frisco RoughRiders: RockHounds Capitalize On Early Runs To Win

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The Frisco RoughRiders, Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, lose game two of a three-game set to Midland Tuesday night, 7-2. The RockHounds were able to capitalize on early run support to win the game and take the series. Frisco now stands at 44-58 on the season.

The RockHounds made quick work of RoughRiders starting pitcher Pedro Payano. He was taken for seven hits and seven runs (five earned) over five innings. Payano walked one and struck out two in his matchup. The RoughRiders bullpen went scoreless for the remainder of the matchup. Brady Feigl tossed two innings of one-hit ball. Nick Gardewine closed out the matchup for Frisco. Over one inning, he struck out two and walked none, allowing no hits and no runs.

Luke Tendler produced an RBI groundout and Andy Ibanez scored on a wild pitch in the fifth, cutting the deficit to 5-2. Tendler would finish the match up 0-3, drawing a walk, and getting one RBI. Michael O’Neill went 3-4. Isiah Kiner-Falefa finished 2-4. Eric Aguilera went 2-3. It wasn’t a strong day for the RoughRiders bats. The club left seven men on base, hitting 0-4 with runners in scoring position.

News and notes from RidersBaseball.com:

  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa has hits in 15 of his last 16 games, swinging .333 (23-69) in that span. With two more hits Tuesday, Kiner-Falefa collected his team-leading 31st multi-hit game.
  • Michael O’Neill tallied three hits for the second time with the Riders and fifth overall this season.
  • Luke Tendler extended his on-base streak to 13 games – a new season-high – with a first-inning walk.
  • With seven runs on Tuesday, Midland has scored 45 runs over its past four games.

The third and final game of the set between Frisco and Midland will take place Wednesday night. The matchup is set to begin at 6:30 PM from Security Bank Ballpark in Midland, Texas. The RoughRiders will start top prospect Yohander Mendez (7-6, 3.55 ERA). He’ll face Casey Meisner (1-3, 7.59 ERA) for Midland.

You can watch the action 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 Double-A teams and players.

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