Derek Holland pitches 3 strong innings in a rehab start for the Frisco

Published: Aug 09, 2014 23:21pm EDT
By shaunmerritt, Entertainment/Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Aug 09, 2014 @ 11:21pm EDT


In front of 9,074 fans, the Frisco RoughRiders beat the Tulsa Drillers 8-1, putting on a pitching clinic by striking out 17 batters.

Holland started off strong by getting the first two batters he faced to ground out. Taylor Featherson hit a soft single to center and then Holland got Ryan Casteel to strike out swinging in the next at-bat.

Patrick Cantwell led off the bottom of the first by striking out on three pitches. Jorge Alfaro hit a sharp liner towards right, but Tulsa 1B Jose Gonzales snagged straight out of the air. Trevor Adams got a small rally going by getting a hit to left field and Joey Gallo earned a rare walk in the following at-bat. Teodoro Martinez would end the inning by grounding out to third.

Holland started off the second the same way he started the first by getting the first batter he faced to ground out. He got his second strike out of the night by fanning Trevor Story. After a hit to left by Jayson Langfels, Holland picked off Jose Gonzalez while he was trying to steal second.

Nomar Mazara led the bottom off the second by hitting a line drive off the wall in right field. Jake Skole hit a mile high pop fly to center and Hanser Alberto hit a sharp single to left for the second hit on the inning for Frisco. Drew Robinson just missed a home run in fly out to right and then Patrick Cantwell drew a five-pitch walk. With the bases loaded, Jose Alfaro hit a bloop single to right to score a pair of runs. Trevor Adams couldn’t get the inning going when he lined out to the Tulsa short stop.

With the comfort of a two run lead, Holland got aggressive and got Jose Gonzalez to strike out in the top of the third. Chris O’Dowd singled off Holland in the next at-bat, but Delta Cleary Jr. popped out trying to bunt him over into scoring position and Tyler Massey struck out to end the inning.

Joey Gallo worked a perfect lead off at-bat in bottom of the third. He drew another rate walk and then proceeded to steal second base. Teodoro Martinez hit single up the middle and Gallo moved over to third. Nomar Mazara got his second hit of the game and Gallo scored to put Frisco up 3-0. Jake Skole hit a soft ground ball to second, moving the runners over. Hanser Alberto hit a ground ball to third, but Tulsa kept any runs from scoring. Drew Robinson would end the inning by flying out the center.

Ryan Rodebaugh would come in to pitch for Frisco in the top of the fifth as Holland reach his pitch limit. He gave up a lead off to double to Taylor Featherson and then got Ryan Casteel to ground out keeping the runner at second. Brian Humphries and Trevor Story both struck out, ending the Tulsa threat.

Patrick Cantwell popped out to lead off the bottom of the forth and then Jorge Alfaro hit his second home run of the year in a long fly to right putting Frisco up 4-0.  Trevor Adams grounded out and Joey Gallo popped out to short right to end the inning.

Tulsa did not have an answer for Frisco’s run barrage as they grounded out twice and struck out to quickly end the top half of the fifth.

Tulsa starter Richard Castillo was finally able to cool the Frisco bats as he recorded his first 1-2-3 inning of the game in the bottom of the frame.

Tulsa bats started to wake up in the top of the next inning. After a strike out by Delta Cleary Jr., Tyler Massey and Taylor Featherson both singled to get on base. However, Ryan Casteel and Brian Humphries added to Tulsa’s woes, as they became the 9th and 10th strike out victims.

Hanser Alberto led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and a stolen base of second. Drew Robinson just missed a home run by inches with a fly out to left and doing so, ending the game for Tulsa starter Richard Castillo. Tulsa reliever Josh Mueller came in and quickly walked Patrick Cantwell. Adding to his best game of the year, Jorge Alfaro hit a single to 3rd, plating another run, putting Frisco up 5-0. After a long at-bat, Trevor Adams worked an 8-pitch walk, loading the bases for Joey Gallo. Unfortunately, Gallo struck out and Teodoro Martinez grounded out to end the inning with the bases loaded.

Trevor Story led off the 7th with a walk and Jayson Langfels advanced him to second on a ground out to third. Story was seemingly going to be stranded on second after another strike out by Jose Gonzalez, but Chris O’Dowd hit a long double to left, easily scoring Story cutting the Frisco lead to 5-1. Delta Cleary Jr. grounded out to end the inning.

Frisco went down silently in the bottom of the frame with their second 1-2-3 inning of the game.

Tulsa, feeling the need to get things going was unable to do anything in the top of the 8th. To add insult to injury, Tulsa went down in order with three straight strikeouts.

Frisco began to add to their lead in the bottom of the eight by getting two men on with a walk by Drew Robinson and single by Jorge Alfaro, his 4th of the night. Joey Gallo drew his third walk of the night, loading the bases for Teodoro Martinez who walked to collect his 3rd RBI of the night and increase the Frisco lead to 6-1. Nomar Mazara took advantage of the opportunity and singled to right, collecting his 2nd and 3rd RBIs of the night. Jake Skole struck out to end the inning, but Frisco was able to build their lead to 8-1.

Tulsa tried to rally in the bottom of the night by loading the bases, but was hit by the strike out bug once again by striking out twice to end the frame. Ryan Rodebaugh was award the win for Frisco and Richard Castillo was the loss for Tulsa.

As well as striking out 17 times, Tulsa did not hit a single ball to the outfield.











Comments (3)

  • shaunmerritt   Aug 13, 2014 @ 12:12PM
    he's working on locating his pitches... not trying to get outs. the average fan isnt going to notice that -

  • Michael Owen   Aug 13, 2014 @ 08:20AM
    his start there in Frisco was MUCH better than his last one in Round Rock. I'll have him this week. Showed up last night. -

  • shaunmerritt   Aug 10, 2014 @ 03:27PM
    correction: Tulsa did not record a single out in the outfield. -

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